Just in time for Halloween, director Dan Spurgeon's adaptation of six of H.P Lovecraft's tales, Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite, gathers a ghoulish sampling of the dank hallways, forbidding places and supernatural creatures for which the author was known.In the segment “The Statement of Randolph Carter,” archeologists Mark Souza and Daniel Jimenez visit a cemetery and unwittingly unearth something that should have been left buried. Devereau Chumrau is impressive as the narrator of “The Cats of Ulthar,” about demonic felines. The story is effectively embellished by skilled puppetry and shadow mime.One of Lovecraft's best stories, “The Outsider,” explores themes of alienation and loneliness. Maya Eshet stars as a woman whose quest for human contact ends in a terrifying confrontation. Nicole Fabbri's character's stay at a rooming house places her in the company of a doctor with a chilling knack for cheating death in “Cool Air.” An overload of creepy sound effects nearly derails “Nyarlathotep,” as Daniel Jimenez invokes the horrifying power of an ancient deity. David Sousa's eerie lighting and John Burton's grotesque assortment of puppets and decrepit parlor-room set design (where on a wall hangs a vintage pic of the author) create an appropriately unsettling atmosphere. The Visceral Company at the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave., Hlwyd.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.; through March 2. thevisceralcompany.com.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Jan. 31. Continues through March 2, 2014
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