Reviews and previews of upcoming shows.

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Reviews and previews of upcoming shows.

Darkness, an Evening With Edgar Allen Poe Premiering on Friday the 13th and running through Halloween, this anthology show from Minds Eye Theatre — adapted from Poe's work by director Kevin Eib — is literally old-school. Yes, it's after creeping horror more than Saw III shock, but it's also being staged at the Alcott Arts Center, which Minds Eye's Sara Crow calls "a turn-of-the-century, honest-to-God haunted school." We're not buying that, but we can attest to Minds Eye's ability to scare up top-quality shows on limited budgets. On the docket: "Annabell Lee," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven," and a postshow queasiness about out tenuous grip upon sanity. Through Oct. 31 at Alcott Arts Center, 190 S. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan., 913-897-2348.

Ghost Train Set, as always, on a train passing through Kansas City's rough-and-tumble past, this Halloween-themed puzzler is as much a party game as it is a play. Be ready to interact with improvising suspects or to be handed a script. Through Oct. 31 at Hereford House Restaurant, 2 E. 20th St., 816-813-9654.

Over the River and Through the Woods Of all the crowd pleasers mounted at the New Theatre over the years, this, according to the hype, is the pleasingest — a comedy about grandparents conspiring to keep an adult grandson from accepting a promotion that would force him to move far away. Cue laughs and lessons about the importance of family. Of course, much of the cast — including Marion "Mrs. C." Ross — have abandoned their families to come to the Midwest for the show. Through Nov. 12 at New Theatre Restaurant, 9229 Foster in Overland Park, 913-649-7469.

Rocky Horror Show Here, once again, comes the arch drag fantasia that smudges the line between godawful and awfully fun, the feast of Meat Loaf and falsies that, depending on your perspective, either liberated musical theater from stodginess or consigned it to decades of hipsters passing off half-assed silliness as campy satire. Whatever it is, it can still be fun in the right hands, and no hands in town are more right than those of co-director Kevin Eubanks, who has mounted Rocky so many times, we should probably start calling him Adrian. He's always game for good-looking casts writhing around nearly naked. Also promising: the funny Bill Pelletier as the narrator and the always-inspired Vanessa Severo as freaky redhead Columbia. Through Oct. 31 at Late Night Theatre, 1531 Grand, 816-224-3004.

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