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An Anthology of Ghastly Tales



"An Anthology of Ghastly Tales" didn’t give enough stage time to the would-be star of the show, Ken Valgardson. The idea behind a disgraced teacher telling chilling tales on his last day has the potential to be a captivating performance. That said, the lack of a linear storyline made it difficult for an audience to remain consistently engaged. Valgardson’s monologues had some of the best quips, and the production would have benefitted from removing a short story for him to rant about millennials longer. Despite a brilliant opening with well-executed jump scares, the show falls slightly short of both a solid comedy or drama production. —Tamanna Khurana


Gig City


Total Score
3/ 5

Reader Rating
50 total ratings



Dates / Times:
  • 11:59 pm - 2018/08/16
  • 7:15 pm - 2018/08/19
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  • 5:00 pm - 2018/08/23
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Posted 2018/08/16 by



6 Reviews


    A delightful combination of comedy and creepy moments, An Anthology of Ghastly Tales was an entertaining hour at The Fringe. Definitely something for everyone (over the age of 16!).


    A delightful combination of comedy and scares, An Anthology of Ghastly Tales made for a very entertaining hour at The Fringe! Something for everyone (over 16!).


    As someone who appreciates 80’s and 90’s horror comedy, this show was right up my alley. A disgruntled teacher decides to tell his class inappropriate horror-laced tales on his last day teaching. Love the straightforward premise, in the vein of Tales from the crypt or Twilight Zone. This hour long romp is fun, touching, and spooky – with lots of good laughs throughout. Would definitely recommend.

    Henry Winslett

    I’m not certain what kind of ‘linear story’ Tamanna expected from an anthology. I would recommend using google with the search term ‘define:anthology’.

    I feel for millennials such as her.

    The Internet generation seems to lack a noticeable attention span.

    The play was a delight!


    I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going in to this show. My friends, who encouraged me to come, are campy 60/70’s horror film junkies, whereas I am indifferent.

    Well, I am happy to report Anthology of Ghastly Tales had me chuckling along with the audience, and even caused me to jump once or twice. The lighting and sound set the mood, and the acting was very good. One of the women in particular had a wonderful singing voice (before you get turned off, this is NOT a musical).

    Make sure to get there early, we attended Sunday’s 7pm performance and the venue almost completely booked.

    Susan S.

    What a neat play! I especially enjoyed the first sequence and the part in the car. *No spoilers*. There are some tense moments, and a few serious parts but mostly it was a laughfest.

    My rating: ☆☆☆☆.

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