Looking to add some drama to your Halloween weekend? Your local theater communities offer some fun ways to get into the spirit—literally and figuratively. Consider these options:
Two Muses Theatre is hosting “The Two Mediums”– namely, Elizabeth Brown and Charles Klepadlo – certified professionals who promise to reach beyond the thin veil that separates this world from the next. This event returns to Two Muses by popular demand. Charles’ readings at last year’s event were hailed as “incredibly accurate” and even “shockingly relevant.” Of course, not everyone in the audience can be guaranteed a message, but the Two Mediums will deliver as many as possible in the show’s 90-minute time frame. These events are presented on October 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. and November 30 at 2 p.m. in the performance space at the Barnes & Nobel bookstore, located at 6800 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield. Advance tickets can be purchased online for $20, or for $23 at the door. You may also call 248.850.9919 during business hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and reserve tickets with your credit card information.
Slipstream Theatre Initiative is opening its new performance space (at 460 Hilton, Ferndale) with “Horror on Hilton”—billed as “three delightfully ghoulish evenings to tantalize the senses and disturb the mind.” Guests are invited to celebrate Angel’s Night and Devil’s Night (October 29-30) taking in the “Slipstream Penny Dreadfuls” – a theatrical collection of morbid curiosities and macabre spectacle. Performances feature the outstanding Slipstream ensemble. On All Hallow’s Eve (October 31), Slipstream offers its inaugural Mamushka Masquerade! (Yes, it’s named after the knife dance from “The Addams Family.”) This masked event offers its own take on the Moth story hour, inviting patrons and fellow storytellers to share their most nightmarish tales. All performances start at 7 p.m. and ticket prices are only $12, available by reservation only.
Performance Network Theatre, which is in the midst of an excellent (and terrifying in its own way) run of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, is hosting its own Halloween costume contest. Patrons who attend the 8 p.m. show dressed in costume could win a four-show subscription package. The PNT crew will all be in costume and encourage everyone to join in the fun. Also, anyone who shows up in costume for either the 3 p.m. or 8 p.m. performance will receive free treats from the concession stand. Bring four canned goods for charity and PNT will give you $5 off the price of your ticket for either Saturday show. To reserve tickets, call 734-663-0681 or make your purchase online. The Performance Network Theatre is located at 120 E. Huron St, in Ann Arbor.
The Hilberry Theatre opens its new production of “The Great Gatsby” this weekend, and for October 30, Opening Night, patrons are especially invited to attend a pre-show costume party starting at 7 p.m. Guests are invited to attend dressed in their swankiest costume of the Gatsby time period (1920s), and the best-dressed will win a special walk-on role in the performance. Complimentary refreshments will be available during the evening. The Hilberry Theatre is located on the campus of Wayne State University at 4743 Cass Ave. in Detroit. Tickets may be purchased at the Box Office or online.
The Village Players are offering a special showing of its macabre musical, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” on October 31 with the slightly later curtain time of 8:30 p.m. This event includes a pre-show reception – with drinks, treats, and costume contests. Patrons are invited to come dressed in their best Victorian, Steampunk or Sweeney Todd-inspired costumes. Tickets are $20.00 (plus a $1.00 facilities improvement fee) and are available online or by calling the theater box office at 248-644-2075. The playhouse of the Village Players is located at 34660 Woodward Avenue in Birmingham.