These four horror-themed vignettes run the gamut from the darkly humorous to ghoulish. The bill opens with Zombie Joes creepy Procession of Devils. As directed by Denise Devin, its a delightfully grotesque danse macabre with Kyle Clare, Amelia Megan Gotham, Conrad Lawson, Billy Minogue, and Rhea Richardson as a brood of flesh-eaters whose insatiable appetites cause them to turn on one of their own. The script is as unsettling as the performers eerie, orgiastic movements. Adam Neubauer directs Greg Kaczynskis End of The Road with Jim Eshom and Amelia Megan Gotham portraying tattered survivors of an apocalyptic event who are forced to inhabit an abandoned building. Reduced to eating polluted canned goods and reminiscing about their former lives, they eventually fall prey to the darker forces surrounding them. Prosaic writing doesnt complement the actors energetic performances, and the directors overuse of gory effects doesnt help. In Eshoms A Lesson Learned, Jana Wimer and Lucas Salazar are forced to take refuge in a derelict house because of a storm; the houses bloody history and restless spirits make the evening fatally memorable. Gothams direction and technical design are nothing short of superb. Neubauers Growing is a riotously funny take on a mad scientist. Dr. Scofield (the fine Conrad Lawson) plays a desperately unhinged inventor whose master plan is to create a new life form called Victa Proventus (Andrew Fish in a hoot of a creaturely costume). But, alas, the experiment goes awry and starts to feast on everything in sight. Jana Wimer cleverly directs. Zombie Joes Theater Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, Fri.-Sat. 8:30 p.m. through Aug. 29. (818) 202-4120.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. Starts: Aug. 7. Continues through Aug. 29, 2009