Descriptions for the shows listed below were provided by the theaters producing them. They have been lightly edited for clarity.
Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, 1901 University Circle, Ogden
A tough, ill-mannered orphan. A dark secret. Murderous manipulation in small-town Missouri, 1945. This Southern Gothic musical thriller is ultimately a tale of salvation. Mature content warning: suitable for ages 16 and older.
Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 14 and from Tuesday, Oct. 10, through Thursday, Oct. 12; 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14
Tickets: $11-13 at www.weberstatetickets.com or call 801-626-8500
Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse, 99 E. 4700 South, Washington Terrace
Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller, “Jekyll & Hyde” is the gripping tale of a brilliant mind gone horrifically awry, set to a powerful pop-rock score. In an attempt to cure his ailing father’s mental illness by separating “good” from “evil” in the human personality, talented physician Dr. Jekyll inadvertently creates an alternate personality of pure evil, dubbed Mr. Hyde, who wreaks murderous havoc on the city of London. As his fiancée Emma grows increasingly fearful for her betrothed, another woman, Lucy, finds herself dangerously involved with both the doctor and his alter ego. Struggling to control Hyde before he takes over for good, Jekyll must race to find a cure for the demon he has created in his own mind. This production may not be suitable for younger audiences.
Performances: 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 11
Tickets: $9-14 at www.terraceplazaplayhouse.com/tickets or call 801-393-0070
Heritage Theatre, 2505 S. Highway 89, Perry
A Broadway hit, this masterfully constructed thriller moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene.
A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy.
Sam had been persuaded by a strange woman to transport the doll across the Canadian border, not knowing that sewn inside were several grams of heroin. When the woman is murdered, the situation becomes more urgent. The con man and his ex-convicts convince Susy that the police have implicated Sam in the murder, and the doll is the key to his innocence.
She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbor, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues.
Performances: 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28; 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14
Tickets: $10-12 at http://www.heritagetheatreutah.com/boxoffice.html or call 435-723-8392
CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, 525 N. 400 West, Centerville
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” and a civil unrest is beginning to brew in the streets of Paris as we follow the harrowing story of the Manette family in this Charles Dickens classic. Wrongfully imprisoned nearly two decades earlier, Dr. Manette is mysteriously released from prison just as mysteriously as he was put there in the first place. Reunited with his beautiful daughter Lucie, it seems as though all would be happily ever after. That is until two improbable heroes enter their lives. Testing the limits of love and loyalty, this story will have you crying for justice and cheering in your seats.
Performances: 7:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday through Oct. 28; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 14
Tickets: $17.50-25.50 at www.centerpointtheatre.org/tickets or call 801-298-1302
SALT LAKE CITY
The Off Broadway Theatre, 272 S. Main St., Salt Lake City
Does your family like awesome music? Hilarious comedy? Bloodthirsty monsters? Uh…forget that last one. At any rate, they’ll love OBT’s Halloween parody, “Forever Dead.” In this comical musical revue, Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein and Mummy find themselves stuck here to haunt the OBT for eternity. Luckily, they find their way out of this limbo state by singing tight-harmony songs from the ’60s, ’70s and today. This is one of our most requested shows, so make your reservation soon. You’ll be glad you dead!
Performances: 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 4; 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14
Tickets: $10-16 at https://www.theobt.org/box-office/ or call 801-355-4628
Studio Theatre at Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City
Wasatch Theatre Company presents “God’s Favorite” by Neil Simon. “God’s Favorite” is one of Neil Simon’s rarely done classics about a man, Joe, who is visited by a messenger from God who asks Joe to fulfill a bet between God and the devil. Will Joe participate in fulfilling God’s unusual request, even if it means hardship for his well-to-do family? This hilarious set of misadventures is classic Simon and will have audiences rolling with laughter.
Performances: 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 7; 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 8
Tickets: $20 at arttix.artsaltlake.org or call 801-355-2787
The Empress Theatre, 9104 W. 2700 South, Magna
This wildly warm-hearted theatrical experience kicks off when the Music Hall Royale (a hilariously loony Victorian musical troupe) “puts on” its flamboyant rendition of an unfinished Dickens mystery in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The story itself deals with John Jasper, a Jekyll-and-Hyde choirmaster who is quite madly in love with his music student, the fair Miss Rosa Bud. Now, Miss Bud is, in turn, engaged to Jasper’s nephew, young Edwin Drood. Our title character disappears mysteriously one stormy Christmas Eve — but has Edwin Drood been murdered? And if so, then whodunnit?
Performances: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 21 and Monday, Oct. 16; 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 21
Tickets: $10 at http://bit.ly/2xGXtkE or call 801-347-7373