Many will find DRACULA: THE BLOODY TRUTH to be a laugh riot, others will wonder why their seatmates were reacting, while they aren’t. I, unfortunately, was in the latter group. Too bad, for with all the angst in the world, I was hoping for two-hours, with intermission, of humorous escape. Oh, well . .
To see a full review of this show, read Roy Berko's blog here.
Based on a British comedy troupe trifle by Le Navet Bete and John Nicholson, this "Dracula" embraces the sure-fire comedy tropes of an imploding theatrical endeavor. (Think "The Play that Goes Wrong," "Peter Pan that Goes Wrong" and their illustrious precursor "Noises Off.") Trouble eventually catches up with Helsing, his fellow actors and, alas, Great Lakes Theater itself, as the chaos eventually overwhelms the company and stifles the comedic and dramatic inertia Everything just dissolves into unending pratfalls, falling set peaces and winking-comedy bits that eventually weigh the entire production down.
To see a full review of this show, read Howard Gollop's review here.
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To see a full review of this show, read Sheri Gross' review here.
Hopefully with upcoming shows this production will hit its mark and be more enjoyable than its opening. There is a fine line between comical and silly. With a little work on timing this balance can be achieved. As in all live theater, it is a work in progress. If you are looking for a safe Halloween type show to take the family, this one would work well.
To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's Review here.
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To see a full review of this show, read Chris Howey's Review here.
Under the direction of Charles Fee, and with the mighty efforts of four actors playing 40 characters, the opening night show offered an impressive display of physical comedy. Nothing seemed static as performers switched characters and sexes as needed for the storyline. Age-bent bodies turned into nimble youths in the blink of an eye.