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The Box Theatre Group's first three offerings of four "tales of horror and intrigue" are essentially recitations of spooky stories. Victoria Kallay humanizes Dr. Frankenstein in Meg Graves's concise adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel, but Jen Huffman's creation of three breathless narrators for Edgar Allan Poe's "The Oval Portrait" doesn't work at all. The strongest piece is Jenna Dalgety's adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla": though the show's poor lighting is particularly problematic here, Amanda M. Burke's impassioned recounting of vampire visitations is fraught with suspense. The final tale is original: Sandy Karst's truncated tale of a bloodthirsty Transylvanian countess. Though Karst's approach is innately more dramatic, an aimless staging and lackluster acting mean there's only one gasp-inducing moment. Kelsie Huff is hilarious as the emcee for this sporadically chilling hour. Through 10/29: Fri 8 PM. Frankie J's MethaDome Theater, 4437 N. Broadway (second floor), 773-957-5532. $10.

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