Ghosts, witches alight in area

By Ryan Cornell

Hilarious hauntings abound in the Schultz Theatre’s production of “Blithe Spirit” this month.

When a writer, in search of background for his latest novel, invites a medium to conduct a seance in his home, he unwittingly brings back the spirit of his dead first wife. The personalities of his dearly departed and very-much-alive second wife clash in this delightful comedy.

“Blithe Spirit” has enjoyed a lengthy run on Broadway, received a Tony award and has been adapted for film and TV since Noel Coward first wrote the play in 1941.

The New Market theater’s production is directed by Neil Marrin and Lauren Chapman. The cast is led by Sean Byrne as novelist Charles Condomine and Wendi Noel as the medium, Madame Arcati.

“We were very lucky,” Marrin said. “We knew the day we auditioned the cast that we had found the actors and characters immediately.

“I’ve seen Angela Lansbury do this on the stage in New York, and Wendi gives her a run for her money.”
Where: 1957 N. Congress St., New Market
When: Oct. 24-26, Oct. 31-Nov. 1
Cost: $13 for adults and $11 for students and seniors
Call: 540-740-9119
Online: http://www.goo.gl/KbAVIX

Paranoia grips the town of Salem, Massachusetts, when a group of girls are accused of being witches and are put on trial in “The Crucible.”

The Shenandoah Conservatory’s Main Stage Theatre puts on this classic drama from Arthur Miller about a small Puritan community rocked by deceit.
Where: 620 Millwood Ave., Winchester
When: Oct. 31-Nov. 2
Cost: $20 for adults; $10 for students, children and military; $18 for seniors
Call: 540-665-4569
Online: http://www.goo.gl/SdKfK1

One family’s perfect Memorial Day weekend takes a turn for the worse in “Cabin Fever: A Texas Tragicomedy.”

The play, performed at the Winchester Little Theatre, centers around the Beckle family as members gather at their cabin in the Texas hill country.

When the aunt gets locked inside the bathroom and one of the daughters shows up with her sister’s husband in the trunk of her car, the nightmarish series of disasters is just beginning.
Where: 315 W. Boscawen St., Winchester
When: Nov. 7-9, 13-16, 20-22
Cost: $19.75 for adults, $15.50 for students, $17.75 for seniors
Call: 540-662-3331
Online: http://www.goo.gl/nhyXLE

Theatre Shenandoah presents “Box Steps,” a unique production in which 10 10-minute plays revolve around a single cardboard box.

The play is put on by the Edinburg theater’s youth acting workshop.
Where: 107 Center St., Edinburg
When: Nov. 14-16
Cost: $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors
Call: 540-984-3972
Online: http://www.goo.gl/SRMxSe

The bestselling book of essays, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” takes the stage at the Selah Theatre Project.

The play takes a funny, insightful and heartwarming look at what is profound in everyday life while celebrating the whimsy in childhood.
Where: 30 E. 8th St., Front Royal
When: Nov. 7-9, 14-16
Cost: $12
Call: 540-686-5185
Online: http://www.goo.gl/q9LRCx