'Living Dead' isn't pretty

Acclaimed zombie play looks worse than it is

BEST-LOOKING PRODUCTION

"The Merchant of Venice" / Grade: A

Long after the nasty business with Shylock, what hangs in the mind is the frothy romantic comedy, exquisite design, sparkling wit and pitch-perfect performances. Through Aug. 2. Georgia Shakespeare at Oglethorpe University. 404-264-0020, gashakespeare.org

... AND THE WORST-LOOKING

"Song of the Living Dead" / Grade: B+

This homage to the zombie film genre is oozing with offensive language, crude situations, original music and buckets of blood. It's a scream. Through Saturday. Dad's Garage. 404-523-3141, dadsgarage.com.

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