The 2006 Tony-winning musical “Spring Awakening” opens Friday night at Raleigh Little Theatre, a bold departure from the company’s usual fare. The indie-rock score emphasizes budding teenage sexuality and the script, based on a controversial 19th-century German play, proves the issues are still relevant for today’s youth. Although frank in its sexual material, the play can be a great conversation starter for parents and their teens (see RLT’s website for a parents’ guide). 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday (through Oct. 27). $12-$25. 919-821-3111 or raleighlittletheatre.org.
• Saturday: Playwrights Roundtable of the Carrboro ArtsCenter – “Halloween Shorts,” new short plays for the season, including Shakespeare’s undead, a battle of vampires vs. the President, and an unhappy ghost bride. 8 p.m. $8-$12. 919-929-2787; artscenterlive.org.
• Saturday-Sunday: “The Uncanny Valley,” a new play by Francesca Talenti about a robot programmed to mirror the human mind. Swain Hall Black Box Theater, UNC-CH campus. 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday (through Oct. 13). $10-$12. 919-962-1449; etix.com.