Halloween is upon us and so are quite a few spooky productions to celebrate the eerie holiday. Haunted houses aren’t the only way to raise the hair on your arm.
Triad Stage will get your blood pumping with its Greensboro production of Deathtrap, a thriller about a successful playwright who drafts a deadly plan to claim a student’s story as his own. The play runs this Sunday through Nov. 8. The theater will also finish its runs of Wit this week through Saturday. The emotional drama, in which an English professor is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, explores what role people can play in your life and the importance of self-evaluation. Performances are at Hanesbrands Theatre.
Friday through Sunday, Drama Center Children’s Theatre presents Aesop’s (Oh So Slightly Updated) Fables, a funny rendition of familiar children’s tales like Tortoise and the Hare. The show runs at the Odell Auditorium.
Coming soon is Open Space Café Theatre’s production of Arsenic and Old Lace, a farcical dark comedy, which will run Oct. 23 through Nov. 1. The play features a homicidal family with two spinster aunts who have begun poisoning lonely old men with a glad of homemade elderberry wine laced with arsenic.
That same week, Theatre Alliance is bringing back the musical The Rocky Horror Show, featuring the infamous transvestite in heels and such iconic numbers as The Time Warp.
October 23 through Nov. 1, Community Theatre of Greensboro will bring one of Halloween’s most famous villains to the stage in its production of Dracula. The dead, yet charming vampire who has his eyes set on the daughter of a sanatorium doctor.
Of course, there’s also a lot of theatrical work that goes into a haunted house and those actors shouldn’t be under-appreciated. Both Spookywoods and Woods of Terror are notorious for hiring at least a few very high-quality performers. And their set design team and make-up artists are nothing to scoff at either. If you can control yourself, try to walk through the trail and haunted house slowly so you can fully appreciate the hard work. !