Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Comedy of Terrors

SHOW TITLE: Comedy of Terrors
RUNNING TIME: 1 h 30 m
VENUE: The Village Theatre
GENRE: Comedy
AIR CONDITIONED: Yes
INTERMISSION: RATING (0-4): 1

RATING SCALE:
0 Run, don't walk, away from this disaster
1 Proceed with caution
2 Mild summer fare
3 More than just hype
4 Don't miss this one its FRINGE-tastic!

COMMENTS:

When I went to this show I was very excited about its possible connect to Shakespeare's comedy Of Errors and I hoped that I was in for a funny show, I was definitely wrong. The cast of young actors did what they could with the piece, but it was far from brilliant. The simple concept had a 'children's show' quality about it and I believe this was a little demeaning to the college students that were in the show. The plot of the production was basically that a young boy was sent to Hell to learn a lesson. When he arrives it is realized that Satan has been missing for a year and all the demons begin to attempt to secure the power of Hell for themselves. The play had me a little captivated at this moment, however that all went away when in 'happy ending' style Satan came back and set Hell back into order teaching the young boy that Sin is bad. It was a bit too moralistic for me, bridging on cheesy. I commend the young actors, but do not recommend the show.

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