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When: Thursdays-Sundays and Mon., Feb. 14. Continues through Feb. 20 2011

WildClaw Theatre taps into the vogue for all things vampiric with this new adaptation of Joseph Sheridan LeFanu's gothic horror tale. Published in 1872--25 years before Bram Stoker's Dracula--and inspired by the case of a Hungarian countess who supposedly bathed in the blood of young women to stay young, Carmilla relates the story of a centuries-old vampire who falls in love with her teenage victim. Adapter Aly Renee Greaves emphasizes the subtextual theme of transgressive female eroticism, suggesting that Carmilla's sanguinary sapphic sexuality may be a welcome alternative to heterosexual marital bondage. Scott Cummins's well-designed production employs plenty of spooky fog, spurting blood, and rousing fight sequences set to pounding gypsy music. With her powerful physical presence and dark, lustrous speaking voice, Michaela Petro is able to sink her teeth into the title role. --Albert Williams

Price: $10-$20


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