A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumThe Playhouse goes Greek in this Stephen Sondheim/Larry Gelbart musical comedy of errors. Bumbling Pseudolus tries to win his freedom from the chains of slavery by promising the love of Philia to his young master Hero, setting off a sequence of events that are both heartwarming and hilarious. Witty, clever, and loaded with sing-along tracks, Forum is an ageless tale of love, mistaken identity, and happy endings—for most of the characters anyway.
Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC. Wed–Thurs, Sat–Sun, 2pm; Wed–Sat, 8pm. Regular, $40; students & seniors, $30. (828) 693-0731, flatrockplayhouse.org
Oct 10-Nov 1
Evil Dead: The MusicalHonestly, how many times does the gang have to split up before we all realize this is a one-way ticket to an axe murder? Fortunately, there’s one musical that has no qualms about poking fun at these vulnerable-teenagers-in-the-woods storylines. The cult classic 1981 film transforms into an all-out rock and roll saga, following five unsuspecting teens as they head to a cabin for a carefree weekend. Loaded with camp and dripping with wit, the musical even features a front-row splatter zone where audience members can experience the gore, up close and personal.
The Warehouse Theatre, 37 Augusta St, Greenville. Thurs–Fri, 8pm; Sat, 12pm. Special shows Oct 28–29; 8pm. $35. (864) 235-6948, warehousetheatre.com
Thru Nov 13
Polly Gaillard: Framing FamilyPolly Gaillard explores the question, “What is family?” by capturing the ordinary, real, humorous, and sometimes painful moments in families’ lives, starting with her own. The exhibit includes photographs that investigate her relationship with her daughter, her parents, and herself to explore “who I am with them and who I am independent of them.”
Pickens County Museum, 301 Johnson Street, Pickens, SC. Tues–Wed & Fri, 9am–5pm; Thurs, 9am–7:30pm; Sat, 9am–4:30pm. Free. (864) 898-5963, pickenscountymuseum.org
Oct 17-19, 24-26
Boo in the ZooWhile nothing screams “fun, fun, fun!” like chaperoning a five-year-old Spiderman around the neighborhood for endless hours, it’s much more convenient to have all that excitement in one place. This annual event has become an Upstate staple, with the zoo transformed into a one-stop shop of Halloween games, costumed characters, and—of course—plenty of candy. Get the best frights and sights of the season while being safe—and holding onto your parental sanity.
The Greenville Zoo, 150 Cleveland Park Dr, Greenville. Fri, 5:30–8pm; Sat–Sun, 4–8pm. (864) 467-4300, greenvillezoo.com
Kathy GriffinWhether you love her or hate her, there’s no denying Kathy Griffin’s place as a pioneer for female comics. The talk-show host, reality star, and New York Times bestselling author brings her fearless attitude and in-your-face antics to the Peace Center, ribbing on everyone from celebrities to strangers, and sometimes even herself. Griffin’s humor is certainly not for little ears, so leave the kids at home for this lively evening of bawdy hilarity.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Fri, 8pm. $45-$65. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Spinx Run FestIt’s not often that you get your pick of scenery when running races. This run-stravaganza is the exception. Sponsored by Spinx, the weekend features runs of varying distances, on various routes, for athletes of all degrees. There’s the Carolina Marathon, taking place along the Swamp Rabbit Trail; the Runtown USA Half-Marathon through city parks and historic neighborhoods; the Downtown 10K for middle-distance runners in an urban setting; the Big Punkin 5K fun run; and Spunky’s Kids Run, which ends at home plate on Fluor Field. Saturday’s pavement pounding is preceded by a runner’s expo on Friday, guaranteed to be well-stocked with products, information, and techniques to keep your training on track for years to come.
Various locations around the Upstate. Fri, Noon–7pm; Sat, 7:30am, 8am, 8:30am, 8:45am, 8:50am. Registration, $7-$90. spinxrunfest.com
In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah JaroszWhen something works, it just works. Bluesy songbird Sarah Jarosz and folk musicians the Milk Carton Kids have held onto this mentality since their first meeting last year, traveling around the music-festival circuit to critical and audience acclaim. To our delight, they bring their collaborative act to the Upstate. Although the limited tour highlights the differences between the musicians, it is the harmonies produced from their union that makes each performance so engaging.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, 8pm. $20-$35. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Susan Boyle in ConcertThe Scottish-bred songbird rose to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, surprising her homeland and the world with a timeless and powerful voice. Boyle is now on her first United States tour in celebration of her debut album’s immense success, providing an intimate evening of standards and originals that any audience can enjoy. The singer’s story is almost as gripping as her talent.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Mon, 7:30pm. $65-$105. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org