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Nightmares on Lincoln Ave 3 

When: Wednesdays-Saturdays and Mon., Oct. 31. Continues through Oct. 30 2011
Price: $7-$15
Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it's usually scarier. Writer/directors Richard Anderson and Kara Karstedt researched the creepy corners of Victorian-era Chicago for this evening of Halloween sketches, turning up stories about Dunning Asylum (where regulations were lax and patient deaths common) and the "murder castle" of serial killer H.H. Holmes. But they also add some twists of their own. Sausage-maker Adolph Luetgert, for instance, was convicted of murdering his wife and dissolving her body in acid; here, he's married to a murderous ghost who provides him with a steady supply of sausage-ready meat. The skits alternate between funny and terrifying--sometimes from one minute to the next. They're gripping enough that it's hard to look away from even the most disturbing scenes, of which there are plenty. --Julia Thiel



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