If you're looking to get revved up for Halloween, I can think of no better choice than heading to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company this weekend for Giles Davies' first performance of Poe, a compilation of creepy stories from the master of the macabre.
Davies spent nine seasons at CSC, where he excelled at playing memorable, kinky characters — including an especially twisted Richard III and a very fishy Caliban (in The Tempest).
Drawing from tales by Edgar Allan Poe, Davies will offer a one-man rendition that's especially suitable for the season: He'll perform poems and other selections including "The Masque of the Red Death," "Anabel Lee," "Alone," "The Conqueror Worm," "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "Never Bet the Devil Your Head." Davies specialty is one-man shows (two years ago he took on Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus to the delight of horror-seeking audiences). He now lives and works in Florida, so this is a rare chance to see a long-time favorite performer. But he's offering Poe in just 10 performances, starting this weekend: 2 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets: 513-381-2273. Get further details here.