Spooky Stage: Visions of Vampires & More

These Halloween-inspired performances will leave you quaking!

The Roxey Ballet performs "Dracula" in Lambertville this October.

MURDER FOR TWO
Oct 6-25 The George Street Playhouse presents the off-Broadway musical comedy Murder for Two, a whodunnit where one actor investigates a murder and the other actor plays all of the suspects. And they both play the piano. Times and prices vary. New Brunswick (gsponline.org).

THE NETHER
Oct 9-25 The Centenary Stage Company presents playwright Jennifer Haley’s disturbing sci-fi thriller about a virtual-reality program that allows its users to indulge their darkest desires, from rape to murder. Thurs, 7:30 pm; Fri & Sat, 8 pm; Wed & Sun, 2 pm; $17.50-$25. Sitnik Theater, Lackland Center, Hackettstown (centenarystageco.org).

POE BY CANDLELIGHT
Oct 14 In the final installment of the East Lynne Theater Company’s “Tales of the Victorian” series, actors will read selections from Edgar Allan Poe. 8 pm; $10, children 12 and under, free. First Presbyterian Church, Cape May (eastlynnetheater.org).

FRANKENSTEIN’S FATE
Oct 16-31 The Lord Stirling Theater Company performs the 1823 play Frankenstein’s Fate in the English Barn Theater at the Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge. The play originally opened at the English Opera House in London shortly after Mary Shelley’s classic work was published. 8 pm; $10-$15. (farmsteadartscenter.org).

DRACULA: Lambertville
Oct 23-25, Oct 30-Nov 1 The Roxey Ballet presents 12 performances of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Times vary; $30-$35. Canal Studio Theater, Lambertville (609-397-7916, roxeyballet.org).

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
Oct 26 The Shakespeare Theatre’s popular annual show features chilling readings by the company’s talented actors. This year’s focus: Bram Stoker’s Dracula. 7:30 pm; $38. FM Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Madison (shakespearenj.org).

"Evil Dead: The Musical" comes to the Count Basie Theatre and Mayo PAC. Image courtesy of Mayo PAC

“Evil Dead: The Musical” comes to the Count Basie Theatre and Mayo PAC. Image courtesy of Mayo PAC

EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL
Oct 27 & 28 Based on the cult film Evil Dead, this hilarious adaptation depicts what happens when five friends are accidentally possessed by murderous demons. Audience members in the “splatter zone” may encounter fake blood. Oct 27: 8 pm; $29-$75. Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank (countbasietheare.org). Oct 28: 8 pm; $29-$59. Mayo PAC, Morristown (mayoarts.org).

JEKYLL & HYDE: THE MUSICAL
Oct 29-Nov 1 An adaptation of the literary classic Jekyll & Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson takes the stage at the Union County Performing Arts Center for four performances. 8 pm; $20. Rahway (ucpac.org).

TALES OF EDGAR ALLEN POE
Oct 30 An evening featuring many of Poe’s most macabre works, including The Raven, The Tell Tale Heart and more. 8 pm; $20. Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake (paxamicus.com).

DRACULA: Atlantic City
Oct 31 The Atlantic City Ballet Company presents its annual adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror novel, enlivened by 15th-century costumes and a gripping score. 4 & 10 pm; $20-$50. Celebrity Theater, Claridge Hotel, Atlantic City (acballet.org).

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