From the novel by Mary Shelley, NextStop Theatre Firm presents Nick Pricey’s Frankenstein, directed by Evan Hoffmann. Whereas the present does have some scary moments, I gained’t be remembering it as such. This isn’t Hollywood’s caricature of a slipshod creature blundering his approach via a weak plot; that is Frankenstein as Shelley wrote it: deep, eloquent, and stuffed with poignant themes and dialogue. The manufacturing is finished with such drama and beauty that the primary phrase that involves my thoughts once I give it some thought is lovely. Hauntingly, tragically lovely.
Scenic Designer Sarah Beth Corridor makes use of lengths of tattered, aged muslin to border the stage. Since NextStop is a black field theater, it’s an intimate area, and the artistically draped fabric actually takes away the stage — the viewers is totally immersed. Lighting Designer Helen Garcia-Alton and Composer/Sound Designer Jordan Good friend steal the present in the case of technical creativity. The shadow work created by Garcia-Alton’s aspect lighting units the tone and delivers breathtaking moments. This, mixed with Good friend’s unnerving organ music and eerie sound results, creates an environment that I gained’t quickly neglect. The impact of those imaginative and artistic technical parts is intense.
The primary few moments present Victor Frankenstein’s Creature (Jared H. Graham) writhing in ache and confusion as he awakens for the primary time. It’s onerous to observe, made much more so when Frankenstein (Stephen Kime) finds himself horrified and frightened by his personal creation, and unceremoniously casts him out into the world to fend for himself.
The timid Creature makes an attempt human connection a number of instances, solely to be rejected in more and more merciless methods. He ultimately meets a blind man (Ronald Ward as De Lacey) who exhibits him kindness and teaches him the way to learn and write. The Creature’s potential is constructed right here — we see an clever and civilized character creating. Nevertheless, when De Lacey’s son and daughter-in-law meet the Creature and attempt to assault him as they shriek with terror, the injury is finished.
The Creature is (understandably) upset along with his state of affairs and resents humanity typically, notably his creator, whom he units out to confront. The ensuing relationship is fascinating, as each face their very own ambitions and penalties. Jared H. Graham and Stephen Kime give visceral, unnerving performances that catch your consideration and maintain onto it. Gigi Cammaroto offers a weak, tragic efficiency as Frankenstein’s fiancée, Elizabeth Lavenza, and Bess Kaye excels in plenty of smaller supportive roles. The performing total is shifting, poignant, and memorable, which is acclaim not just for the actors’ expertise however for Evan Hoffmann’s route, which should have been professional.
NextStop Theatre Firm’s manufacturing of Frankenstein is certainly scary, however not in the way in which you’ll anticipate. Much more horrifying than conventional jump-scares and extreme gore, it’s an unsettling dive into the human situation that may stick with you for some time. I tremendously loved myself and extremely advocate a exhibiting!
Working Time: Two hours half-hour, together with one 15-minute intermission.
Frankenstein performs via November 13, 2022, at NextStop Theatre Firm, positioned at 269 Sundown Park Drive, Herndon, VA. Tickets ($45 together with payment) can be found on-line or by calling the field workplace at 703-481-5930.
Advisory: Frankenstein is for mature audiences solely.
This system for Frankenstein is on-line right here.
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