SANTA FE, N.M. — Sojourning to Madrid to take in local songster/actor/self-proclaimed impresario Joe West’s annual Theater of Death shows is the best way to start the holiday season. The obligations and traditions of Thanksgiving and Christmas await, but first Halloween must be celebrated properly by seeing people killed off in various outrageous ways in West’s comical vignettes.
This year, West calls the shows “Theater of Death VII: Freakatorium! A Night of Human Oddities and Baffling Tales of the Bizarre!” And there’s an added attraction: a carnival midway before each of the performances, which take place at the old Engine House Theater attached to the Mine Shaft Tavern, in the center of Madrid at 2846 N.M. 14.
“Don’t miss the opportunity to play games of skill and chance, and win valuable prizes,” the promotional materials exclaim. “You will also have access to the most amazing freaks of nature your eyes will ever behold!”