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Synetic Theater ‘Dracula’ is an esthetic delight and visually scrumptious


Bram Stoker’s Dracula has been the last word vampire story spanning over 125 years. With its mix of horror and erotica, the account titillates and repulses the senses because the story follows Depend Dracula as he pursues property in London and preys on the harmless.

Synetic Theater has opened its manufacturing of Dracula proper in time for the Halloween season, all the time looking forward to monsters and tales rife with terror and gore. Synetic’s exhibits are inclined to weigh closely on the physicality of the tales and this manufacturing isn’t any exception.

Dan Istrate as Dracula in ‘Dracula.’ Picture by Chris Ferenzi.

Collectively, Director Paata Tsikurishvili, Choreographer Irina Tsikurishvili, and Combat Choreographer Vato Tsikurishvili have created a visually scrumptious show of the sensual traditional starting with the visceral battle scenes from the favored concept that Dracula was primarily based on the Romanian warrior Vlad the Impaler.

The stage is comparatively naked, with a number of black packing containers which can be moved about as wanted for a chair, mattress, or platform. And completely different props, like giant drapes, lengthy poles, and a cage, are used intermittently all through the efficiency.

Because the present opens, Dan Istrate is Dracula, combating in opposition to the attackers. Throughout the conflict a demon enters his physique, turning him right into a bloodthirsty vampire and reinvigorating the fight. Lastly succeeding and after a protracted battle, the useless mount the packing containers and drape themselves in opposition to lengthy poles, eerily resembling impaled our bodies. The impact is hanging and subtly achieved.

Dracula’s wives are performed by Maryam Najafzada, Irene Hamilton, and Ana Tsikurishvili. Costume Designer Kendra Rai has them completely wearing vivid purple, with flowing clothes and sleeves as much as the elbows. They transfer frivolously and shortly, remodeling into items of the set at occasions. At one intelligent second, the three are mendacity on the ground with their legs and arms swaying and flickering just like the purple flames of a hearth.

Jonathan Harker is performed by Jacob Thompson, and Thompson performs the inexperienced solicitor effectively. His naivete affords a number of humorous moments in his interplay with Istrate’s not-so-subtle Dracula. Harker is in the end held captive by the wives and barely escapes along with his life whereas Dracula makes his technique to his newly acquired property in London on a ship.

Again in London, Irakli Kadsadve as Renfield affords a contact of comedian reduction because the devoted servant of Dracula. He’s imprisoned in an insane asylum in a cage (which he carries with him as he enters or exits the stage). Renfield is a vile character who feeds on small animals, insisting that “the blood is the life,” however Kadsadve manages to current his character with sufficient allure seeping by the insanity that his scenes present a little bit of wanted levity in an in any other case demon-leaning story.

Irakli Kavsadze as Renfield with Dan Istrate (background) as Dracula in ‘Dracula.’ Picture by Chris Ferenzi.

Mina Murray (Nutsa Tediashvili) is patiently ready for her fiance Harker’s return and goes to go to her much less harmless, desperately sought-after pal Lucy (Rachael Small). Lucy has the troublesome job of selecting between her three suitors, Quincey (Justin Bell), Dr. Seward (Pablo Guillen), and Holmwood (Philip Fletcher).

Lucy’s part of the story is sped by a bit, and I really feel extra time might have been spent differentiating the 2 younger ladies, as Mina’s ethical fortitude seemingly performs a task in her survival. However that being mentioned, the scene with Small’s Lucy in her white nightgown as she sleepwalks into the arms of the black leather-clad Dracula is kind of heated in all the best methods. Using blood results creating the dripping purple down her neck and again, staining the pure white materials, is fantastically horrific imagery.

Renata Loman performs the notorious Van Helsing. Loman takes command the second she’s on stage, and her forceful portrayal of the unorthodox Van Helsing realistically turns the tide towards the favor of dwelling, which, till her arrival, appeared like a shedding battle.

Synetic Theater’s Dracula is an aesthetic delight. Haunting and invigorating with its portrayals of ardour, temptation, and want.  

Dan Istrate as Dracula, with Dracula’s Wives in ‘Dracula.’ Picture by Chris Ferenzi.

The rating by resident composer Koki Lortkipanidze has heart-pounding depth, which blends with the mastery of technical theater, surrounding the actors with a fastidiously choreographed mixture of sound, lighting, and surroundings (Sound Engineer JJ Nichols, Lighting Designer Ian Claar, and Props Grasp Aleksandr Shirlaev). The complete present flows as one lengthy epic ballet, superbly crafted and elegantly executed.

Dracula shouldn’t be for the faint of coronary heart, so go away the kids at house, however it’s darkly romantic and devilishly tip-toes the road between sexual want and deviance. The forged does an impressive job bringing this present to life with their total our bodies and leaving nothing to be desired by the viewers, however for possibly their very own style of the depraved.

Working Time: Roughly one hour 40 minutes, with no intermission.

Dracula runs by November 6, 2022, at Synetic Theater within the underground Crystal Metropolis Retailers, 1800 South Bell Avenue, Arlington, VA. Tickets ($20–$60) can be found on-line, on the theater field workplace (open an hour earlier than showtime), or by telephone at (703) 824-8060 ext. 117.

The Dracula playbill is on-line right here.

Folks of all ages are welcome at Synetic, however for this manufacturing, parental discretion is suggested attributable to scary depictions of vampires, violence and blood, and sexual content material.

COVID Security: Patrons are required to put on a masks in all Synetic Theater areas always except consuming or consuming. See Synetic Theater’s full COVID Security protocols right here.

Forged: Dracula- Dan Istrate, Jonathan- Jacob Thompson, Van Helsing- Renata Loman, Mina- Nutsa Tediashvili, Lucy- Rachael Small, Holmwood- Philip Fletcher, Renfield- Irakli Kadsadve, Dr. Seward- Pablo Guillen, Quincey- Justin Bell, Captain- Lev Belolipetski, Villager- Rodin Ruiz, Dracula’s Wives- Maryam Najafzada, Irene Hamilton, and Ana Tsikurishvili, Understudies: Katherine DuBois, Natan-Mael Grey, Ariel Kraje, Josh Cole Lucas, Kaitlyn Shifflett, and Nate Weinberger

Inventive Crew: Paata Tsikurishvili- Director, Irina Tsikurishvili- Choreographer, Vato Tsikurishvili- Combat Choreographer, Silas Sandifer- Stage Supervisor, Nate Weinberger- Adapter, Koki Lortkipanidze- Resident Composer, Phil Charlwood- Technical Director, JJ Nichols- Sound Engineer, Kendra Rai- Costume Designer, Ian Claar- Lighting Designer, Brian Allard- Affiliate Lighting Designer, Alex Eager- Grasp Electrician, Phil Charlwood- Scenic Designer (Remount), Aleksandr Shirlaev- Props Grasp

Manufacturing Crew: Carpenters: Josh Lucas, Tony Ritchie, Pete Neal, Gerardo Contreras, Electricians: Milan Robinson, Wes Calkin, Genevieve Ethridge, Susannah Cai, Lighting Board Programmer & Operator: Susannah Cai, Assistant Lighting Designer Lighting Board Programmer & Operator (pupil matinees): Lorenzo Miguel, Costume Assistant: Carolan Corcoran, Stitcher & Draper: Lily Valentin, Wardrobe Supervisor/Stage Supervisor (pupil matinees): Sam Fellman, Stitcher: Kasey Brown and Alia Radabaugh, Assistant Stage Supervisor: Stitcher Carly Thompson

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