by Lenise Willis

Thursday through Saturday, Triad Stage is thrilling audiences in the Up- Stage Cabaret with the ghostly tale of The Woman in Black, a play about an estate settler who encounters a vengeful spirit.

There are a few new productions beginning on Friday. North Carolina Shakespeare Festival presents The Last Night of Ballyhoo at the Hanesbrands Theatre as part of Festival Stage of Winston-Salem’s third season.

The warmhearted comedy is set in Atlanta, Ga. in the 1930s, where the members of the extended Freitag family prepare for Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. While the conflict in Europe looms and Gone With the Wind holds its world premiere, this family of eccentrics grapples with discrimination and acceptance, past and present. Show runs through Nov. 4.

Theatre Alliance is presenting a Halloween-themed tradition, The Rocky Horror Show, a rock musical and famous cult classic, on select days Friday through Halloween weekend (Oct. 28). Show contains partial nudity, sexual situations and adult language.

Also on Friday is the opening night production of Triad Stage’s next venture, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment — The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself). Louis de Rougemont regales audiences with his tale of surviving on an exotic island in the Coral Sea. With only a dog for company, his imagination brings giant sea turtles, flying wombats and even an aborigine princess into his world. Show runs through Nov. 11.

Then on Sunday, Hanesbrands Theatre’s Ballet in Cinema series presents L’altra Meta Del Cielo, a filmed ballet that uplifts the female form and identity. Director and choreographer Martha Clarke, winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant, was noted for her ironic and unconventional approach in the ballet, in which she interprets the feminine universe through movement, gestures, dance, and all the elements of the set.

The Most RACES Show on Earth!, a multicultural stand-up comedy show that examines racial differences, takes place on Tuesday at the Idiot Box. Tickets are $10 and are available online or at the door. A portion of the proceeds from each show will go towards the YWCA Stand Against Racism initiative.