Tis the season for a slew of haunted houses to open, and for a fundraiser at Salt Lake Acting Company featuring the work and wit of Nora Ephron.
LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE, SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY, Thursday-Sept. 30, times vary, $30
This should be a treat. The Salt Lake Acting Company is teaming up with the Salt Lake City Junior League for a fundraiser in support of that organization’s “Women Helping Women” program, which helps women transitioning into the workforce from a variety of trying circumstances. The show Love, Loss, and What I Wore was co-written by Nora Ephron and her daughter Delia, and it tracks the stories of five women who reflect on their clothes and how their wardrobes were part of the important moments of their lives. Playing the five parts is a rotating cast of local lady luminaries, so depending on what night you head to SLAC, you might find a local newcaster, a politician, a DJ or a businesswoman taking part.
NIGHTMARE ON 13TH ZOMBIE PARTY, Friday-Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., $20
I was an Air Force brat, and I moved all around the country growing up. And I can definitely say I’ve never run across a state with a bigger obsession with Halloween and haunted houses than Utah. When I was new to the state as a high school kid, I was introduced to the phenomena by friends who would pile us all into a car for a drive to various SLC scare spots. Little did I know that people kept right on going to haunted houses well past their days of using them as an excuse to get extra-close to a date. Nightmare on 13th, on the corner of 300 West and 1300 South, has been around for years, and they are opening for their Halloween season this weekend with a Zombie Party and the introduction of three new “nightmares” taking over the haunted house this year: NetherBeast, Cirque du Fear, and Zombie Apocalypse. From my past experience, expect evil clowns, familiar faces like Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, and other assorted silliness geared for maximum frights per minute. For this weekend’s Zombie Party, costumes are encourages, but I suppose that goes without saying.