From the show:
Tristan Bernays’ Frankenstein is an electrifying metaphysical adaptation strongly rooted in the tradition of theatrical storytelling. Athletically performed by only two actors, this exhilarating retelling of Mary Shelley’s beloved novel boldly explores the creation myth while dissecting some of the most frightening aspects of the human psyche.
See it if you're interested in the horror genre, but also like your plays slowly paced.
Don't see it if you're hoping to see something as exciting as the novel. The first 1/4 of the play is extremely slow, and the whole show is only 80 minutes.
See it if You want to explore the story from the creature POV and enjoy two handers with most a one woman show
Don't see it if You expect dynamic pacing and a script with passion, this has neither sadly
See it if Beautiful use of language at a pace likely challenging to modern ears dulled by the daily use & assault/bombardment of electronics & media.
Don't see it if You can't slow down or find the patience to hear the language, go with the pace. This is about storytelling and language.
See it if Challenging and creative. Committed cast to.
Don't see it if Can be confusing; not for this looking fir classic (Universal) monsters
See it if you enjoy an classic being reimagined. This is the Frankenstein story from the creature's perspective
Don't see it if you don't like classics being retold from a really different perspective
See it if You like the tale of Frankenstein and experimental approaches to familiar stories. Gender free casting. Intimate theater in the round.
Don't see it if You like your theater straight-up and easy to follow. You son't want to sit in a theater and watch a monster learn to walk.
See it if It would be so much better with better actors and some more compelling action. The words are full of pathos but there is nothing more
Don't see it if you are looking for a compelling drama. There is potential not realized here. The underlying story is tragic but the actors do not connect
See it if I liked it for the clever presentation of the story, the great works by the cast, I found it charming. Bring sunglasses.
Don't see it if Read all the reviews and decide.
See it if you love intimate settings and are very familiar with the original story. I enjoyed the gender-less casting but found it very very slow.
Don't see it if you are expecting lots of action or a fast pace. Also, you need to be able to use your imagination and project what you already know.
See it if u want 2 c a woman's solo performance as the monster,accompanied by a talented musician who speaks occasionally
Don't see it if u don't like experimental theater which needs further work on yet another csc bare bones set
See it if You want to see a fresh take on a classic story, with two talented actors playing all roles. Theater in the 3/4. Short (90 minutes) shows.
Don't see it if You are unable to distinguish when one character changes to the next. If you want to see the Boris Karloff version. If you need an intetmis.
See it if This is an intense adaptation of Mary Shelly's novel. Performances & writing are spectacular. Minimal staging leaves no distractions.
Don't see it if It's A VERY minimal staging (in typical CSC style) that leaves you with only the text & performances. This is not some Disneyfied fluff.
See it if you want to see a Frankenstein adaptation that focuses for a long time on creation myth parallels and is a bit avant-garde in its writing.
Don't see it if you are not familiar with the original Mary Shelley Novel, do not like experimental theatre, or want complex staging with a large cast.
See it if you want to see Frankenstein come to life and watch how he adjusts to his new reality on a physical level and then on an emotional level.
Don't see it if you're not interested in observing how Frankenstein comes to life and handles his new reality both on a physical and an emotional level.
See it if You REALLY like reworked classics and what might've once been called experimental theater
Don't see it if U don't want to be bored for the first 1/3 of an 80-minute show & don't want to wonder: was this worth the risk of getting the coronavirus?
See it if You messed up when you were trying to buy student rush tickets to CSC's Dracula
Don't see it if You were a fan of the original novel, weren't a fan of the original novel, or like your theatre to have something resembling a pulse
See it if You want to see an actress give her ALL to play Frankenstein. She is the most resonant part of this two-hander.
Don't see it if You don't care indulgent creative choices, elongated periods without dialogue and nothing interesting, unnecessary music and staging
See it if The nuance of seeing the Monster played by a female excites you. She's worth the watch. It's kind of a Reader's Digest Condensed Version.
Don't see it if You're looking for big action. There's very little of that in this piece. And the music may annoy you a bit - it seems extranous.
See it if You enjoy shows that try something new/ daring (and don't fully succeed). a brave attempt, with strong script and acting, that fails to soar
Don't see it if You expect conventional storytelling, straightforward narrative, and traditional staging
See it if You like monsters ascending from grunting to, for some reason, Elizabethan English in a matter of moments.
Don't see it if You like music that's more than a few guitar riffs and an occasional lyric like, "Frankenstein, try harder/Frankenstein, try harder."