by Lenise Willis

Broach Theatre Company celebrates Halloween with the thriller Deathtrap at Studio B Wednesday until Nov. 5. The show, full of shocks, plot twists and laughs, follows a cunning suspense writer who, after discovering a promising script written by one of his students, devises a devilish plan to turn his misfortunes around.

If you can’t decide on just one terrifying show, then visit the Greensboro Cultural Center Thursday through Sunday for Stage Fright 3: An Evening of Horror Plays.

The opera Don Giovanni, a twisted 17th century tale, runs Friday, Sunday and Tuesday at the UNC School of the Arts Stevens Center. The combination comedy, tragedy is set in Spain, sung in Italian, with English supertitles, and tells the story of the legendary Spanish womanizer Don Juan, a simultaneously seductive and disgusting seducer who in the end gets what he deserves.

Festival Stage of Winston-Salem presents the enchanting comedy The Exact Center of the Universe through Nov. 6 at Hanesbrands Theatre. The story is set in a small Deep South town during the ‘50s and ‘60s, and revolves around a smothering mother who is forced to let go of her son after he gets married without her permission.

Triad Stage continues to perform its adaptation of A Doll House, which runs through Nov. 6. Everything seems perfect for a wife and mother until a past crime she committed to save her husband threatens to destroy her happy home.

Continuing through Saturday at the Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center is Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, a 1970s cult classic about seven black women who learn to heal from the trauma of emotional, mental and physical abuse. Contains material not suitable for children.

Theatre Alliance continues to resurrect a frightening mix of music, comedy and devilishly cunning spirits in Evil Dead, the Musical now until Sunday. Based on Sam Raimi’s ’80s cult classic films, the musical follows a young man and his friends who take a weekend getaway at an abandoned cabin and end up unleashing an ancient evil spirit. (See left).