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Darknight Gallery: A Journey Into the Macabre

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Channeling Rod Serling, narrator Mike Rogalski introduces this unsatisfying evening of four original one-acts with a steely gaze and in mellifluous yet ominous tones. Supposedly selected to provoke terror, the most these scripts do is gross us out, as when the woman in W. Bryan Thompson's play goes to disturbing lengths to be one with her husband. Even there the actors overplay Thompson's repetitive script, nonsensically directed by Sabrina Lloyd. The one-acts by Paul Barile, Raymond Benson and Doug Redenius, and Kendall Gray are similarly weak and also feature overwrought, artificial performances, though each is staged by a different director. Ultimately the tales in this Darknight Theatricals production--a soldier killing his own comrades, a man petitioning at the gates of heaven for a second chance at life, a potential suicide turning to murder instead--are more silly than scary. Through 2/13: Fri-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM. Majestic Midway Theatre, 5722 W. 63rd, 773-788-1035. $15.

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