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34 WEST THEATER COM­PANY— Orig­i­nal live theater in the heart of Charleston. Whether it’s a com­edy or a thriller, 34 West aims to do crowd-pleas­ing shows in un­ex­pected ways, keep­ing the en­ter­tain­ment re­fresh­ing and memorable. Up­com­ing: “Stayin’ Alive,” an out­ra­geous ‘70s mu­si­cal, March 3-May 28. “I Got Your Babe,” June 13-Sept. 3 200 Meet­ing St., 843.901.9343.

CHARLESTON STAGE COM­PANY— South Carolina’s largest pro­fes­sional theater calls The Dock Street The­atre, one of the old­est the­aters in the United States, its home. The Dock un­der­went a $20-mil­lion ren­o­va­tion a cou­ple of years ago and hosts many per­for­mances through­out the year. Up­com­ing: “Sis­ter Act,” April 14-30. Tick­ets: $26- 68; show times vary. www. charleston­ 135 Church St., 843.577.7183

DOCK STREET THE­ATRE— The orig­i­nal Dock Street The­atre opened in 1736 with the play “The Re­cruit­ing Of­fi­cer” and was the first build­ing de­signed for the­atri­cal use in the Amer­i­cas. To­day’s Dock, con­structed in the early 1800s, just un­der­went a $20 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion. The Charleston Stage Com­pany pro­duces a num­ber of per­for­mances at the his­toric theater through­out the year. Up­com­ing: “Sis­ter Act,” April 14-30. Tick­ets: $26- 68; show times vary. www.charleston­ 135 Church St., 843.577.7183.

FLOW­ER­TOWN PLAY­ERS— En­ter­tain­ing lo­cal au­di­ences since 1976, the Flow­er­town Play­ers per­form at the James F. Dean Com­mu­nity The­atre, also known as the “The­atre on the Square,” in down­town Summerville. The theater is part of the his­toric district, which is listed on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places. Up­com­ing shows: “No

Sex Please, We’re Bri­tish,” May 19-28; Tick­ets: $15-25. www.flow­er­town­play­ 133 S. Main St., Summerville, 843.875.9251.

FOOTLIGHT PLAY­ERS— As South Carolina’s long­est-run­ning theater com­pany, this group knows how to per­form and aim to pro­vide high-qual­ity, af­ford­able theater to the Charleston com­mu­nity. Up­com­ing shows: “Come back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” April 14-30. Show times: Th-Sa at 8 pm, Su at 3 pm. Tick­ets: $10-35. www.foot­light­play­ 20 Queen St., 843.722.4487.

PURE THE­ATRE— This pro­fes­sional theater com­pany is small but has earned big praise and awards for its com­mit­ment to qual­ity and ex­cel­lence. The troupe’s fo­cus is on con­tem­po­rary play­wrights. Up­com­ing shows: “Fa­ther Comes Homes from the Wars Part 1,2, & 3,” April 20-May 13. www.purethe­ 477 King St. 843.723.4444.


PANY— Charleston’s na­tion­ally rec­og­nized pro­fes­sional theater com­pany. Up­com­ing: “Lion King, Jr.,” April 21-30. ”PlayFest,” May 5- 6. www.southof­broad­ 1080 E. Mon­tague Ave., North Charleston, 843.745.0317.

THE SOUTH­ERN CHARMER— The South­ern Charmer presents Kel­lar O’Neil, the “Master of the Mind” in a show that takes au­di­ences back in time to when peo­ple were en­ter­tained by brain­bend­ing magic, mys­ter­ies and mind reading. Each 75-minute per­for­mance is lim­ited to 28 guests dressed in their best at­tire. Show times: F-Sa at 8 pm. Tick­ets: $39.95, in­clude a non­al­co­holic drink and a sweet treat. www. the­south­ern­ 49 Arch­dale St., 855.285.6463.

WOOLFE STREET PLAY­HOUSE— The Woolfe Street Play­house, con­verted from a re­tired meat stor­age op­er­a­tion, hosts The Vil­lage Reper­tory Co.— one of Charleston’s prin­ci­pal per­form­ing arts or­ga­ni­za­tions. The ren­o­vated 17,000-square-foot complex fea­tures two the­aters, a full ser­vice bar and class­rooms. Ex­ten­sive chil­dren’s pro­grams are of­fered, as well. Up­com­ing shows: “An Act of God,” April 28-May 20. www.woolfestreet­play­ 34 Woolfe St., 843.856.1579.

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