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by Lenise Willis

Ongoing through Saturday is Broach Theatre Company’s thriller Deathtrap at Studio B. 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.

Festival Stage of Winston-Salem continues to present its enchanting comedy The Exact Center of the Universe through Sunday at Hanesbrands Theatre. The story revolves around a smothering mother in a small Deep South town in the ‘50s and ‘60s.

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

UNCG presents Self Defense, or Death of Some Salesmen in the Brown Building Theatre now through Sunday. The societal drama examines the case of Jolene Palmer, a character based on convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos who was executed in 2002 for the murders of seven men, although she claimed the deaths were out of self defense. Courtroom testimony revolved around her rough life and occupation as a “highway hooker.” The play prompts viewers to evaluate the proceedings from several points of view.

Friday through Nov. 20, Twin City Stage presents Annie, the Tony Award-winning musical, in the Arts Council Theatre. Opening night Friday includes a free reception at Triad Community Kitchen at 7 p.m.

The theatre’s season caterer will serve Daddy Warbuck’s Sweet Potato Biscuits and Annie’s Bread Pudding of Tomorrow. Raffaldini will serve fine wines from its vineyard in Ronda. Stained Glass Playhouse presents Arsenic and Old Lace, a farcical dark comedy, Friday through Sunday and Nov. 11-13, 18-20. The play follows a soon-to-be-married drama critic who discovers his charming and lovable aunts are poisoning old men with glasses of homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic.

Friday, Saturday and Nov. 10-12, Guilford College Theatre presents Company, a musical that follows a committed bach- elor who weighs the fun of bachelorhood against the benefits of deeper intimacy.

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