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"Boleros for the Disenchanted" Barksdale Theatre launches its 2009-2010 season and the Hispanic Theatre Project with a play by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Jose Rivera ("The Motorcycle Diaries"), following the story of a Puerto Rican couple pursuing the elusive American dream. Featuring authentic boleros choreography by the Latin Ballet, the play continues through Oct. 25. $35-$38. 1601 Willow Lawn Drive. 282-2620.

"The New Century" The Richmond Triangle Players open their latest season with Paul Rudnick's comedy of four short plays at the HatTheatre continuing production through Oct. 25. $20-$25. 1124 Westbriar Drive. 346-8113.

"Much Ado About Nothing" Richmond Shakespeare presents the Bard's romantic comedy about two lovers' attempt to trick their friends into confessing their affection for one another through Oct. 25 at the Gottwald Playhouse at CenterStage. $20-$30. 600 E. Grace St. 327-5755.

"Murder in the Court" The Mystery Dinner Playhouse performs a murder-mystery comedy featuring a courtroom backdrop, complete with judge, jury and executioner, at the Holiday Inn West End. Performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through Oct. 10. $42. 2000 Staples Mill Road. 649-2583.

"The Mystery of Irma Vepp" Swift Creek Mill Theatre opens its 2009-2010 season with Charles Ludlam's gothic satire featuring vampires, werewolves and mummies (all played by two actors). Production continues through Oct. 31. $35. 17401 Jefferson Davis Highway in Colonial Heights. 748-5203.

"New Works Festival" Richmond Ballet presents a performance of four original works in progress, continuing through Oct. 4. $30. 407 E. Canal St. 800-982-2787.

"Shining City" The Henley Street Theatre Company begins its 2009-2010 season with playwright Conor McPherson's Tony Award-nominated play about a guilt-ridden man and the therapist he seeks out after seeing the ghost of his recently deceased wife. This contemporary ghost story exploring life, death, faith and relationships continues through Oct. 24. $10-$20. 4901 Old Brook Road. 340-0115.

"Souvenir" Barksdale Theatre presents this comedy following the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a tone-deaf New York society matron whose foghorn croonings became the talk of Carnegie Hall. Production continues through Nov. 1 at Hanover Tavern. $35-$38. 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. 282-2620.

"The Ugly Duckling" Theatre IV presents a family-friendly musical inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's tale of outer appearance and inner heart at the Empire Theatre through Oct. 18. $12-$15. 114 W. Broad St. 344-8040.

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