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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.