All Girl Edgar Allen Poe | Zoo Studio | Theater & Performance, Halloween | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 8 2014
Price: $20
The Chicago Mammals’ third production for its All Girl Project, this compilation of six Poe-inspired one-acts is devised, directed by, and stars women. Pieces range from a wordless "Masque of the Red Death" to a more straight-up adaptation of "The Raven," but only "The Pit and the Pendulum," adapted and directed by Charlotte Drover, gets under your skin in a terrifying and sensory-addling way. On the comedic side, Amy Harmon has spot-on timing and deadpan delivery in "The Tell-Tale Heart," while Liz Chase is appropriately clingy and slavish in "The Black Cat." Overall, the production shows impressive breadth on the Halloween spectrum, but "Imp of the Perverse" feels too slow and wordy, "Masque" too abstract to make much impact. —Marissa Oberlander



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