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The Georgetown Theatre Co.’s annual Halloween reading of the works of Edgar Allan Poe, a man who lived in horror every day of the year, is consistently good. GTC prides itself on bringing literature “out of the library and onto the stage,” in a way that’s more likely to hold the attention of modern audiences. Not that Poe needs the help. Oct. 29 at Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Phone: 703/271-7770. Web: www.georgetowntheatre.org.

Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” meanwhile, is a classic text of lefty sympathy. Miller’s play was ostensibly about the Salem witch trials, making it perfect for Halloween. Underneath the period veneer, however, is a thinly veiled allegory of the House Un-American Activities Committee and Sen. Joe McCarthy’s hunt for communists within the U.S. government. Through Nov. 19 at 1742 Church St. NW. Phone: 703/892-0202. Web: www.keegantheatre.com.