by Lenise Willis

Triad Stage will be wrapping up its suspense thriller this week through Sept. 29. Wait Until Dark, from the writer of Dial ‘M’ for Murder, is set in an apartment in the 1960s. Desperate to reclaim a mysterious doll stuffed with illegal drugs, a con man — with the help of his criminal sidekicks and a few clever disguises — spins a tale to fool the innocent and unsuspecting blind woman who lives in the apartment. This play is definitely a nail-biter, hurling the audience to the center of a tantalizing game of cat and mouse, plunging them into complete darkness at times.

New this week, beginning Friday, Paper Lantern Theatre Company will present another Triad premiere: Time Stands Still, a hard drama with a bit of politics and comedic softness. The play follows a couple that has just moved back to New York after a long stint of reporting in the Middle East.

The move to a more domestic life would seem to be a safe and welcome change, but relationships and compromises prove to be another battlefield. Overall, the piece is thought-provoking, and makes each person contemplate what her own beliefs are concerning international politics and personal responsibility.

This weekend Theatre Alliance kicks off its 30 th season with Les Misérables, a popular historical and romantic musical set in 19 th century France during the revolution.

Next week, the Chidlren’s Theatre of Winston-Salem produces the first show of its 73 rd season, The Teacher From The Black Lagoon & Other Story Books, on Friday, Oct. 4, with continuing performances on Saturday.

Following Saturday’s performance there will be a season opening reception with refreshments and a meet-and-greet with the cast. All performances are at the Arts Council Theatre and are recommended for Pre-K through 4 th grade audiences.

Also kicking off the first week of October next week is Winston-Salem Festival Ballet with its production of Dracula, an original ballet by Gary Taylor with original music by UNCSA graduate Chris Heckman. Performances are at the Hanesbrands Theatre Oct. 4-6.