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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 29 2012

This Sideshow Theatre Company world premiere features a creepily compelling performance by Andy Luther as John Wayne Gacy Jr., the sometime birthday-party clown who sexually assaulted and murdered at least 33 young men and boys in the 1970s. A bland demeanor and nervous chuckle help Luther embody the banality of evil as his Gacy tries to shrug off the foul odor emanating from a crawl space beneath the Chicago-area home where he buried most of the bodies. Playwright Calamity West is less interested in recounting the facts of the case than depicting Gacy's deteriorating mental state. Her muddled script needs a rewrite, but Jonathan Green's well-acted, inventively designed production is a good foundation on which to build. The one-act's most effective passage, an eerie fantasy in which Gacy converses with three teenage victims, is chilling. —Albert Williams

Price: $15-$25

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