Axe Lizzie & the Possession of Alice Von Truskin | Theater & Performance, Halloween | Chicago Reader
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Axe Lizzie & the Possession of Alice Von Truskin 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays and Sun., Oct. 31. Continues through Oct. 31 2010
Price: $15-$25
This gothic double feature from writer/director Chris Peak affects the style of Paris's Theatre du Grand Guignol (1897-1962), which was famous for presenting programs of short, macabre plays designed to make patrons faint. Peak's creepy spectacle mixes song, puppetry, and rich design elements to create a kind of slide carousel of gore--but the Cock & Bull Theatre production hangs on the considerable strengths of its two leading ladies. As Lizzie Borden, Kristen King offers a porcelain contrast to the grotesque giant puppet portraying her sister, Emma. And Tuckie White exercises impressive range as the possessed Alice Von Truskin, gliding smoothly from pettish preteen victim to powerful seductress. These splatter fests have all the substance of the airiest meringue, but they couldn't be more scrumptious. --Keith Griffith

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