If you’re looking to escape the gloom of all the past rainy weather, a visit to a warm and cozy theatre is a great getaway plan. A show definitely has a way of affecting my mood and killing my blues.

If you’re in a contemplative mood, Triad Stage’s Wit, running this week through Oct. 17, may inspire you to reassess your own life as you watch a cancer victim do the same. The play, in which an English professor is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, explores what brings people together as a community, and what role people play in your life. Performances are at Hanesbrands Theatre.

Next up for the theater’s Greensboro location is Deathtrap, a thriller about a successful playwright who drafts a deadly plan to claim a student’s story as his own. Play runs Oct. 18 through Nov. 8.

For a more light-hearted production, you can check out UNCG Theatre’s Hairspray, which completes its runs this week at Taylor Theatre.

Wednesday, UNC School of the Arts presents its wind ensemble at the Stevens Center. Then, Thursday through Oct. 18, its performing arts department will present Arcadia, an intellectual mystery about the residents of an early 19 th -century English country town. Production is at the Catawba Theatre on campus.

New this Friday is opening night of Spirit Gum Theatre’s production of The Drowning Girls.

Next week, Oct. 16-18, Drama Center Children’s Theatre presents Aesop’s (Oh So Slightly Updated) Fables, a lively and comical restoration of familiar children’s tales like Tortoise and the Hare. The show, running at the Odell Auditorium, is in celebration of Rosina Whitfield, the youth theatre director, and her 10-year anniversary.

Later this month, more area theaters will begin presenting their creepy Halloween-themed productions. Open Space Café Theatre performs its Halloween production, Arsenic and Old Lace, which will run Oct. 23 through Nov. 1. That same week, Theatre Alliance is bringing back the musical The Rocky Horror Show. And Community Theatre of Greensboro is performing Dracula Oct. 23 through Nov. 1. !