The newly dubbed Shadowbox Live may have a new website, new merchandise and new philosophy about what the live experience should be, but it's business as usual with "Nightmare at Shadowbox," the troupe's latest version of the annual fall show.

The newly dubbed Shadowbox Live may have a new website, new merchandise and new philosophy about what the live experience should be, but it's business as usual with "Nightmare at Shadowbox," the troupe's latest version of the annual fall show.

It's not surprising that the show's best sketches both feature returning characters. In Campfire Boys, Toby (David Whitehouse) tries to help Edward (Jimmy Mak) overcome his fears, which include clowns, SpongeBob SquarePants and Chongo, his ever-present and terrifying shadow.

Mak has also brought back Shadowbox's favorite gangster and children's show host, Vinnie, whose show gets derailed by a viewer's letter detailing the other side of the host's double life.

The show also benefits from brand-new sketches like The Werewolf Whisperer, which features Cesar Millan (JT Walker III) showing a werewolf (Billy DePetro) who's the real pack leader. Date of the Dead has Whitehouse, Walker, Amy Lay and Katy Psenicka playing teenage couples on a haunted house double date that gets too intense.

The song choices are a little strange, dealing more with dreams than nightmares. There's nothing scary about The Beatles' "Paperback Writer," but that doesn't stop Stephanie Shull from absolutely killing it.

Shull, Jennifer Hahn, Noelle Grandison and Nikki Fagin deliver a quietly powerful version of another Beatles classic, "Blackbird." Again, it's not the scariest number, but a mighty one nonetheless.

Other musical highlights include Hahn's "Virtual Insanity" (originally sung by Jamiroquai), Fagin's "The Kill" (30 Seconds to Mars), Steve Guyer and Walker's "Comfortably Numb" (Pink Floyd), Lay's "Hotel California" (The Eagles) and Grandison's haunting version of Alanis Morissette's "Uninvited."

Morissette's tune gets an appropriate Halloween tie-in, accompanying a brilliant dance routine starring Psenicka as a vampire.