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Stage Frights: 5 Scary Good NYC Shows

Stage Frights: 5 Scary Good NYC Shows

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From bloodthirsty bedbugs to unhinged hillbillies, there's a terrifying off-Broadway treat for every taste this Halloween.

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Bedbugs!!!
With the help of her gay assistant, an exterminator accidentally mutates New York's bedbugs into human-size monsters in out creators Paul Leschen and Fred Sauter's freakishly funny sci-fi rock musical. Think Rocky Horror meets Little Shop. As Cimex, leader of the killer critters, Chris Hall channels the love child of Adam Lambert and David Bowie from Labyrinth.
ArcLight Theatre, through November 2.

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Deliverance
Godlight Theatre brings the Georgia backwoods to one of Manhattan's smallest stages in Sean Tyler's adaptation of James Dickey's 1970 novel -- also made into a 1972 film -- about four Atlanta buddies terrorized by inbred mountain men on a camping trip from hell. Much is left to the imagination on the bare black set, but you can't escape the infamous rape scene.
59E59 Theatres, through November 9.

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Jacuzzi
Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen wrote and star in The Debate Society's eerie and excellent black comedy as crafty grifters who calmly take advantage of a privileged father and son in a remote Colorado ski chalet. Director Oliver Butler masterfully makes the tension simmer like, well, you know, but there's nothing scary about Veronica Mars alum Chris Lowell in a swimsuit.
Ars Nova, through November 15.

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Sleep No More
Something wicked this way comes! Going strong and spooky since 2011, Punchdrunk's immersive theatrical experience welcomes masked voyeurs to explore five floors inspired by Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth and styled like a '30s film noir. Choose your own nightmarish adventure and follow around sexy, mostly silent characters like a showering male witch.
The McKittrick Hotel, open-ended.

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Stalking the Bogeyman
Markus Potter's captivating drama is based on the harrowing true tale of David Holthouse, a journalist who sought revenge on the older jock who violently raped him as a child and threatened to kill him if he ever told anyone. Thanks to fearless performances by Roderick Hill as David and Erik Heger as the monster, it's as unsettling as any American horror story.
New World Stages, open-ended.

Read more of this month's theater picks here.

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