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“Better Strangers”: To Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Magnetic 375, 375 Depot St., Asheville. About two people who meet again 20 years after a conversation that irrevocably changes one of their lives. $12 Sept. 15 preview, all other shows $16. www.themagnetictheatre.org.
“Freud’s Last Session”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6-7 and 13-14, 2 p.m. Oct. 8 and 15, Front Porch Theatre at Black Mountain Center for the Arts, 225 W. State St., Black Mountain. $20. Centers on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud who invites the young Oxford scholar C.S. Lewis to his home in London. 828-669-0930 or www.blackmountainarts.org.
“Little Shop of Horrors”: Oct. 6-Nov. 21, Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage, 2661 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $15-$50. 828-693-0731, 866-732-8008 or www.flatrockplayhouse.org.
“St. Nicholas”: Oct. 6-22, 35below at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., downtown. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. A jaded theatre critic lands in the employment of vampires. A tale of booze, obsession and the undead. $15. www.ashevilletheatre.org or 828-254-1320.
Mary and Jeremiah Councill’s musical “A’Musing”: Oct. 6-7, Maple Street Theatre, Rutherfordton. Friday night’s performance will be dinner theatre with the meal at 5:45 p.m. and play at 7 p.m. Saturday’s performance will be at 3 p.m. Tickets for both performances available at tix.com or 800-595-4849.
“Brothers Like These” staged reading of prose and poetry: 7 p.m. Oct. 7, Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., downtown. Written and performed by veterans who participated in creative writing program for Vietnam veterans at the Charles George VA Medical Center. 828-254-1320 or www.ashevilletheatre.org.
“Feet Water”: Oct. 7-22, 10 a.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Attic Salt Theatre Arts Space, 2002 Riverside Drive, Studio 42-O, Asheville. For ages 3 and older. A widow and her daughter will be very grateful when you help build them a little cottage. But a bucket of dirty water comes to life and causes trouble. $5, grandparents admitted free. http://www.atticsalt.org/,
The Music of Lionel Richie & Diana Ross: To Oct. 8, The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, 125 S. Main St., Hendersonville. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $15-$30. 828-693-0731, 866-732-8008 www.flatrockplayhouse.org.
“King Mackerel and the Blues Are Running”: To Oct. 8, North Carolina Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane, Asheville. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tall tales and rollicking songs transport audiences to the Outer Banks for fun and fishing. $16-$34. http://www.ncstage.org/productions/king-mackerel-blues-running/.
“The Mousetrap”: Murder mystery to Oct. 14, Parkway Playhouse, 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. The cast will sit for post show discussion Oct. 8. $10-$20. 828-682-4285 or www.parkwayplayhouse.com.
“A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Brevard Little Theatre, 55 East Jordan St., Brevard. A young engineer just out of college wishes he could invent a time machine. $6-$18. http://www.brevardlittletheatre.com/.
“Go, Granny D!”: 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Mars Hill University. Actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens present story of Doris “Granny D” Haddock, who in 2000 at age 90, blazed a 3,200-mile trail across America for campaign finance reform, precipitating the passage of the McCain-Feingold Act. Free.
The Autumn Players presents “Pack of Lies”: 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27-28 at 35below at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center. About espionage and the damaging effects it inflicts on spies and the spied upon. $7. www.ashevilletheatre.org.
“Pack of Lies”: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at at 35below at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St. “Pack of Lies” will be performed as readers theatre. www.ashevilletheatre.org.
“Old Time Radio Show”: 3 p.m. Oct. 14 and 10 a.m. Oct. 15, Brevard Little Theatre, 55 East Jordan St., Brevard. No experience necessary. Nothing to memorize. You will read directly from a script onstage. Rehearsals at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and 3 p.m. Nov. 5. Contact Al Edick at 828-890 1495 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Part of “Curtain Series,” performed in front of the curtain. http://www.brevardlittletheatre.com/.