by Lenise Willis

This week’s performances are a split between unsettling Halloween specials and feel-good dramas.

Running this week through Nov. 9 is Triad Stage’s heartfelt The Member of the Wedding, a tale about a 12-year-old tomboy longing to belong.

Thursday through Sunday, Winston-Salem Festival Ballet presents Dracula at Hanesbrands Theatre.

New this week is UNC Greensboro’s The Vibrator Play, a comedy about a doctor operating out of his Victorian home who has constructed a curious device for treating “hysteria.” Performances run Thursday through Sunday.

Also performing Thursday through Sunday is UNC School of the Arts’ The Memorandum, an absurdist comedy about working hard to find out what you’re working on. When a manager in a nameless corporation receives a message in a language he doesn’t know, chaos ensues as the employees attempt to decipher the memo written in Ptydepe, a new form of communication designed to rid words of ambiguity.

Friday is the last day for Greensboro’s An Evening of Ghost Stories at Governor Morehead’s Blandwood, 447 W. Washington St. The audience will enjoy spinetingling tales and local historic legends as weaved by storyteller Cynthia Moore Brown, a retired librarian and educator.

Friday through Nov. 2 is Theatre Alliance’s production of the Halloween classic Carrie, the Musical, in which an awkward teenage girl gets her revenge after having enough of being ridiculed. The show is suggested for mature audiences only because of language and violence.

Already open are Woods of Terror on Church Street and Kersey Valley’s Spookywoods, both of which contain more than 100 actors scattered along a haunted path.

Throwing its own chip in the Halloween basket is Open Space Café Theater with its upcoming rendition of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which runs next week, Oct. 29-31, at Carolina Theatre’s The Crown. When an engaged couple get lost in a storm and seek refuge, they run into quite the show at the home of a mad transvestite scientist and his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror. !