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13 Dead Dreams of Eugene

From 3 critic and 20 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Quirky, Great singing, Absorbing, Great staging

About the show

This two-person shadow-puppet play with songs revolves around a bizarre true story of Midwestern town who blames a spate of nightmares on the unidentified corpse the town displayed for decades. More…

In 1929, a dead body is found and placed on display in hopes of identification. That's when "Dead Dreams" began: experience-shared recurring nightmares of that haunted sleepy town of Sabina OH, and the stranger-than-fiction story of Eugene.

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.



95
Front Row Center

"Freaky, weird, macabre, lurid, grisly, morbid, ghoulish and ghostly. What a tale they tell!...If 'puppets' is a scary word to you, it’s not a puppet show, don’t be afraid of that. Be afraid of the story they have to share with you. Be very afraid...The threads are all interwoven with lights and shadow, music, song, sound effects and superb storytelling. You will come out of the theater wide awake and worrying about your next night’s sleep." Full Review

85
Orlando Sentinel

for a previous production “A dandy little ghost story. Strickland and MacDonald, Fringe vets and ace storytellers, use song, puppetry and light — such clever use of light — to set the creepy mood...The opening sequence that lays out the story doesn’t have quite the right tone...But stick with this, and let the fear grow as the dreams go by...There was not a peep during this spellbinding performance — even when all the lights went out.” Full Review

85
Orlando Weekly

for a previous production “The show is not really about the 13 stories...Each isn’t a full narrative but is instead either a musical interlude, an absurdist dream or nightmare...A couple of them are quite well-developed and truly chilling...But it’s the linking story that’s the best part...Not only did MacDonald and Strickland create this show...but they do just about everything themselves, from singing to narrating to executing the wizard-like shadow and flashlight effects with precision. Their artistry will haunt you.” Full Review


100
Delightful, Edgy, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like refreshing puppetry, great spooky and fun story, seamless movement,

Don't see it if you like traditional theater

97
Creative, Absorbing, Clever, Great singing

See it if you enjoy a great campfire, ghost story. Very creative use of shadows and lighting. Great storytelling. Creepy use of sounds.

Don't see it if you want a traditional play. Don't enjoy storytelling. Don't like singing.

89
Clever, Masterful, Profound, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like creative productions with intense shadows and interesting direction- a scary tale with great singing

Don't see it if You don’t like dark or scary tales told with minimal lighting

88
Clever, Intelligent, Gothic

See it if you enjoy a good, creepy yarn delivered with a clever, artistic, theatrical shadow-play device.

Don't see it if you’re scared of the dark or ghosts or you’re afraid of taking a risk on highly theatrical work.

81
Clever, Refreshing, Intimate., Sincere.

See it if Intelligent and creative smaller shows are for you. Highly compelling creatives onstage. Cheers!

Don't see it if Spooky, darker themes upset you.

80
Absorbing, Quirky, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy gothic horror, you want a different type of theater experience, you want to see something refreshing, and/or you like weird shows.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of the dark, you don't enjoy ghost stories, you don't like experimental theater, and/or you get scared easily.

Also This was one of the most interesting and enjoyable shows I've ever wat... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Riveting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like hearing ghost stories and truly haunting conceptions of the afterlife. Literary—some wonderfully chilling writing.

Don't see it if you’re judging the scare factor by film standards. Jump-out-of-your-chair terror is hard to come by in live theater.

Also Pros: The show has mystery in spades. Each dream a gothic vignette wit... Read more Read less

75
Inventive, Quirky, Eerie, Resourceful, Great ending

See it if You enjoy other musical mystery/horror/ghost stories like Whisper House, Nevermore, Sweeney. Want to see some great inventive direction.

Don't see it if You dislike pieces that are made up of vignettes that do not all move the story forward.

Also "Everything starts with something that really occurred. A lot of what ... Read more Read less

75
Unique artistry / deeply committed performers, Dizzying / homey shadow-puppetry / quirky, Unexpectedly nice singing & guitar-playing, Clever / in-the-dark camp-fire fun / creative

See it if you enjoy based-on-true-events campfire ghost stories, & are ok sitting in the dark (mostly), except for minimal lighting from the stage.

Don't see it if you expect an extremely polished performance. Here, homemade "arts & crafts" are used to create an interesting hr of creepy story-telling.

Also Nothing spectacularly dazzling...... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Shadowplay, Home-made

See it if you like camp-fire stories. Interesting shadowplay. The ending wrapped up the show very nicely.

Don't see it if you want a polished show - remember this is part of Fringe. The actors told us the props were home-made. You don't like the dark.

Also The story lags a little, but the ending made me glad to have seen the ... Read more Read less

73
Quirky, Unique, Fringe-y, Macabre, ghostly, creative, Based on true events in sabina, ohio

See it if you like ghostly, goose-bumpy tales based on true events; you enjoy sitting in the dark watching shadow-play mixed with narrative & songs

Don't see it if you need high production standards & a show created with handmade items would fail to engage you; if corpses & morbid topics are distasteful

Also An interesting premise, developed with a lot of handmade artistry [suc... Read more Read less

72
Fringy, Don't expect much puppetry

See it if Interesting story, good acting, very good songs. Good level of creepiness. Effects not so great.

Don't see it if Very low tech-intentionally I'm sure- but would have benefited from some more polished effects (and more of them) Dragged a bit.

Also You know how listening to someone relating a dream can be pretty borin... Read more Read less

71
Clever, Dizzying, Quirky, Great singing

See it if Show is in the dark with flashlight and shadow on white screen, with sound efforts. Singing and tell story.

Don't see it if Want a high production. This is in a small theater.(seats are comfortable)

Also This remember me of a camp fire stores. You talk about ghost and ghoul... Read more Read less

65
Strong performers, Mediocre material, Imaginative piece, Overlong at 60 mins, Irritating lights

See it if wacky, creative Fringe piece. Highly atmospheric, but gets stale. Both performers can sing/act. A step-up from campfire ghost stories.

Don't see it if you want a polished, coherent experience. Visuals were not great. The dreams are, eventually, annoying. Underlying real story fascinates.

64
Ambitious, Clever, Disappointing, Slow, Anti-climactic

See it if You’re intrigued by shadow puppets and projections used to tell a story.

Don't see it if You hope for the story to be very exciting. In the total darkness it felt a lot like a bedtime story and it was hard to stay awake.

60
Interesting premise, "fringey", Has moments, Not scary at all

See it if you are an adventurous theater-goer and are willing to take a chance on new & unique performances; like mildly 'spooky' stories

Don't see it if you expect a polished,cohesive play; don't like over-wrought folky, "story-telling" singing; can't forgive some low-budget fumbling onstage

Also This show had an interesting 'true story' going for it & the investiga... Read more Read less

56
Good ideas not developed, We know it's fringe but this is too stripped down - needs some more production of any kind

See it if You are not judgmental & you enjoy stripped down experimental theater.

Don't see it if You are wanting good shadow puppets or particularly scary material. The marketing builds expectations - that get let down.

Also Based on real events the plot is of a communitiy that discovered a dea... Read more Read less

48
Banal, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy a mediocre ghost story

Don't see it if you want to be entained and feel that 60 minutes does not make a evening

47
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Confusing

See it if You line slightly spooky stories. Interesting perspective on ghosts and atmospheric and creative low budget plays.

Don't see it if You like coherence and a continuously interesting play. My attention waned quiet a bit and the songs did not hit me well save one.

75
Absorbing, Intense, Refreshing, Riveting, Great staging

See it if you're into experimental theatre and creative staging: puppets, light and darkness, stories, songs... a little bit of everything.

Don't see it if you would like one coherent narrative rather than a series of vignettes, or if you are easily scared.


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