"The Rocky Horror Show" at The PH Comedy Theater
Just when you thought it was safe to go out to the theater, these blood-curdling comedies and dramas of doom have emerged from the grave—or, technically, from behind the curtain—to heat up your Halloween season.
"Musical of the Living Dead"
Bloody tap dancing, power ballads and rapping zombies appear in The Cowardly Scarecrow Theatre Company's parody of horror flicks and musical theater, during which a cast of 10 attempts to escape a ravenous horde of brain-eaters as buckets of blood—10 gallons per show, to be exact—splatter the actors and the front row of the audience. How bloody does it get? Two separate casts are required for the weekend shows because it takes the actors so long to clean up.
Go: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 8 and 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Nov. 9 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave.
Tickets: $25. 773-327-5252; stage773.com
"Blacula: Young, Black and Undead"
Pegasus Players go for the throat with the world premiere of this horror-comedy by Chicago Dramatists' resident playwright Reginald Edmund, in which an overachieving hipster named Franklin discovers that the ex-girlfriend he's attempting to win back is dating a vampire—who's also an ancient African prince of darkness. To save his lady love, Franklin enlists a quirky pair of vampire slayers.
Go: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 through Dec. 1 at Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave.
Tickets: $25; $18 for students. 866-811-4111; pegasusplayers.org
All Hallow's Eve Eve Variety Show
Get some boo for your buck—and some booze at the bar—with multimedia performances by artist and author Audrey Niffenegger ("The Time Traveler's Wife," "Her Fearful Symmetry"), shadow puppeteers Jill Summers and Susie Kirkwood, Poetry magazine's Fred Sasaki, accordionist Rob Cruz, filmmaker Chris Hefner, Incurable Theater's Jennifer Friedrich and Damien Hinojosa and others at this fright-tastic fundraiser for the Chicago Publishers Resource Center.
Go: 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the California Clipper, 1002 N. California Ave.
Tickets: $7 at the door. 773-384-2547
"The Rocky Horror Show"
Transylvania arrives in Andersonville with PH Productions' adaptation of Richard O'Brien's 1973 campy rock musical tribute to B-movies about a naive couple who encounter a mad, cross-dressing scientist and his entourage when they seek shelter at his castle during a rainstorm.
Go: 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Nov. 16 (and Oct. 31) at PH Comedy Theater, 1515 W. Berwyn Ave.
Tickets: $20; $15 for students. 773-961-8214; whatisph.com
"The Passion of Dracula"
BYO blanket or camp chair to Theatre-Hikes' production of this adaptation of Bram Stoker's 19th Century novel—about a nefarious count who takes up residence in an English mental hospital around the same time as several village lasses begin to die—in which the audience "hikes" to various outdoor locations between scenes. In the event of rain, the production moves indoors.
Go: 8 p.m. Oct. 26-27 at The Pullman Factory Complex, 11057 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Tickets: $15. 872-202-4963; brownpapertickets.com/event/446546
"Nightmare on Lincoln Ave 5: B is for Blood" and "Death Toll: A Drinking Game Performance"
Murder, mayhem and weight-conscious campers take the stage in "Nightmares," a horror-flick satire about serial—not to be confused with cereal—killings at a Kill the Carbs camp. Then, bloodshed and booze rule during "Death Toll," a BYOB sketch comedy show lampooning such figures as Gordon Ramsay, Ann Coulter and Christopher Walken, where the audience takes a drink each time a character dies.
Go: 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through Oct. 31 ("Nightmares") and 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Oct. 31 ("Death Toll") at The Cornservatory, 4210 N. Lincoln Ave.
Tickets: $7-$15 per show; $17-$25 for both. 773-650-1331; cornservatory.org
"Peek-A-Boo: An Ooky Spooky Burlesque"
Tantalizing tricks and treats abound as the Kiss Kiss Cabaret scare the pants off themselves with Halloween-themed burlesque stripteases. Local entertainer Mr. Bones emcees the showcase, which also features candy giveaways and a glow-in-the-dark finale set to "Red Right Hand," by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.
Go: 11 p.m. Friday through Nov. 8 at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Tickets: $15-$20; 773-404-7336; kisskisscabaret.com
"Creature Feature Radio Hour: The Wolfman of Mummy Island"
Something wicked this way comes in Chemically Imbalanced Comedy's original play about a shape-shifting malevolent force that invades a radio soundstage during a 1938 broadcast. The show must go on, but no one is safe and—you guessed it—everyone's a suspect.
Go: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday through Nov. 2 at Chemically Imbalanced Theater, 1422 W. Irving Park Road
Tickets: $10. cicomedy.com