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Theatre Alliance preps production of Silence! The Musical

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PrintIf you’d like to celebrate the upcoming haunted holiday, but aren’t interested in carving out pumpkin guts or eating sugar, then check out Theatre Alliance’s production of Silence! The Musical. The parody based on Hannibal Lector adds a funny and unique twist on the classic horror story and is running this week through Halloween night. Artistic Director Jamie Lawson says the show is sharp, witty and outrageous.

Guilford College Theatre is getting in the ghoulish spirit, too, but with a non-traditional haunting tale: Woyzeck. In the adaptation, a common soldier is driven mad by a medical experiment and ultimately begins seeing apocalyptic visions. Performances are Friday through Sunday and Nov. 3-5 in the Sternberger Auditorium on the campus of Guilford College.

Of course, if you’re looking for a more traditional scare, don’t underestimate the quality of acting involved in our local haunted houses and trails, including Spookywoods, Woods of Terror, X-treme Fear and The Fear Factory, just to name a few. Always check the attraction’s website or a Spirit Halloween store for coupons beforehand.

On Monday, Halloween night, Hanesbrands Theatre will present a special showing of Frankenstein as part of its National Theatre Live series. The production, directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle, was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011 and has since become an international favorite.

If a creature brought back from the dead doesn’t pique your interest, then skip Halloween altogether and jump straight into Barn Dinner Theatre’s high-energy Love Machine The Musical. The musical revue, written, directed and choreographed by local playwright Nathan Alston, runs this weekend through Nov. 22 and features the soulful Motown hits of the 60s and 70s.

New this week is Twin City Stage’s world premiere of the drama, Shades of Valor, which explores race, class warfare and the military, and opens Friday at the Hanesbrands Theatre. The play takes place in Vietnam in 1971, when a young lieutenant is killed by one of his brothers-in-arms, and then 10 years later in New Orleans when the soldiers’ mothers meet.

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