City Paper is not for tourists
With mall Santas and incessant bell ringing on the horizon, it seems Christmas saps more and more days from the Halloween season every year. But spookiness gets a last hurrah at Molotov Theatre Group’s Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe. Inside the DC Arts Center’s black- box theater, actors from the company will attempt to answer a question that’s remained unresolved for more than a century—was Poe insane or psychically tormented? Though historians firmly say, “absolutely not,” Molotov’s thespians disagree. Eric Coble’s play dramatizes four of Poe’s most famous works: “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Throughout the production, Poe himself appears to prove to the audience—and himself—that he’s perfectly sane, thank you very much. If you’re trying to escape a midnight dreary or pondering weak and weary, this is your ticket out of the manor. The play runs Nov. 6 through Dec. 7 at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $25. (202) 462-7883. molotovtheatre.org.