by Lenise Willis
This week there are a multitude of new plays, which will make you laugh, shriek and maybe even cry.
Wednesday is the first performance of UNCG’s Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, a rock musical about the seventh president. The play continues in the Taylor Theatre until next Thursday, Oct. 11. See next week’s drama feature for a review.
Winston-Salem’s School of the Arts presents Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors Wednesday through Friday and Oct. 11-14.
Triad Stage’s intimate UpStage Cabaret is the perfect place to give audiences a chill. Thursday through Oct. 20, audiences will be immersed in the ghostly tale of The Woman in Black, a play about an estate settler who encounters a vengeful spirit.
On a spine-tingling side note, Woods of Terror is now open through Nov. 3.
Also on Thursday, High Point University Theatre presents The Laramie Project, a riveting story that presents a series of community interviews and documents the events surrounding the 1998 murder of a gay student from the University of Wyoming. Productions are Thursday through Saturday, and Oct. 8-10.
Friday, Community Theatre of Greensboro will perform My Way, a Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra at the Broach Theatre. Containing such hits as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Fly Me to the Moon,” the celebratory play runs through Oct. 14.
Also on Friday, Theatre Alliance presents The Mound Builders, a one-nightonly staged reading. The play interweaves past and present as it probes the lives and conflicts of the disparate people involved in an archaeological dig of a lost Indian civilization. Admission is free with donation of non-perishable food item for the food pantry at AIDS Care Service.
Greensboro Children’s Theatre presents The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Friday through Sunday at the Odell Auditorium in the Greensboro College’s Huggins Performance Center. The show features local actors in grades 4-9. Tickets are $5-$10. Call the Triad Stage box office, 336.272.0160, for tickets or visit www.thedramacenter.com.
In other news, the Greensboro Playwrights’ Forum is still seeking fulllength original plays or musicals for its 20th annual North Carolina New Play Project. Deadline is Nov. 15. For more information visit www.playwrightsforum.org.