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Edward Gorey Returns From The Dead

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It's the end of October and it's time for gore. If you haven't made your Halloween plans yet, look no further - Gorey Stories, the creepy musical based on the works of macabre illustrator Edward Gorey, has been extended at the Sacred Fools Ensemble through Nov. 13.

A is for Amy who fell down the stairs
B is for Basil assaulted by bears
C is for Clara who wasted away
D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh...

These calmly malevolent lines from Gorey's The Gashlycrumb Tinies, an alphabet book of dying children, are some of his best-known work, and they open Gorey Stories. The fast-paced musical incorporates vignettes from all of Gorey's oeuvre, from sexual sofas to rhyming monsters, from beasts to bestial, from maudlin to malevolent, from Rose Marshmary to the Osbick Bird and Little Charlotte Sophia. A troupe of whitefaced dancers takes up one story after another, and are reborn as new characters just as soon as they die.