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Triad Stage’s Deathtrap continues its final runs this week through Sunday for any still seeking a spooky thrill. The play is an intense thriller about a celebrity playwright who plots a murder to continue his legacy. The plot, light design and sound effects work nicely together to startle you out of your seat.

New this week, with a much merrier tone, is Greensboro College’s production of Mary Poppins, which runs Thursday through Sunday in Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center on campus. The production contains new songs in addition to the original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. The show—directed by David Schram, Jefferson Pilot Professor of Theatre and founding dean of the School of the Arts at Greensboro College—features the notorious chipper nanny who takes the Banks family children on magical and memorable adventures.

Saturday, for one night only, Theatre Alliance presents the cabaret Heroes and Villains, “a tribute to magical places.” The production is family-friendly and features princesses, princes and other fun characters singing pop songs and show-tunes. All seats are $10 and can be purchased at the door.

Next up for Theatre Alliance is its production of Toyer, which will run next week beginning November 13. The production is a two-person psychological thriller about a person who toys with his victims. It’s about humanity’s gift for lying, the power of charisma and the importance of forgiveness. Because the show contains graphic nudity, mature themes and adult language, no one under 18 years old will be admitted.

Also next week is Twin City Stage’s production of Swingtime Canteen, a musical and comedy set in 1944, in which a group of gal pals head off to London to entertain the troops.

Coming soon is Paper Lantern Theatre Company’s Girls Like That, a new play about a nude photo gone viral. The production explores sexist attitudes, gender equality, the new digital age, female insecurity, and women’s historical struggle for equal respect in society. With that mouthful being said, it’s also funny—so don’t fret. !

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