Write Act Repertory's production of Mary Shelley's classic Gothic horror classic is a sweeping, romantic musical faithful to the novel in its exploration of the question: "Without love, what is life?" More…
Having lost his mother at a young age, Victor Frankenstein seeks to end man's mortality, and arrogantly begins an experiment to challenge the laws of nature itself. But when he succeeds in creating new life out of dead flesh, he is horrified by his creation, and refuses to provide the monster with the bride he demands. 'Frankenstein' remains a potent parable for the dangers and responsibilities that come with creation, and the human need for love and companionship.
"'Frankenstein' is the perfect imbalance of monster and man...This Gothic beauty of a novel is spectacularly transposed onto the stage in this production...More than a successful attempt at creating Shelley's masterpiece upon the stage: it is a success of a show that should be considered something great in the realm of musical theater...Everything about the production is well done...This wonderfully talented cast comes together." Full Review
"It's really good, a lively and entertaining stage response to Ms. Shelley...Hromsco has directed the show with a great, refined sense of fun...The scene in which the Creature comes to life is played to great effect...Just as we want - but we never feel like we've seen it before, and it's never heavy-handed...The cast does a good job...The script is smart...The music is suitably varied, with some handy duets, if not particularly memorable. It relishes melodrama." Full Review
“The cast, especially the three leads, handle a soaring new score with flawless and often breathtaking technique...If the measure of a musical is its music, then 'Frankenstein' measures all the way up...We’re treated to some sincerely clever narrative devices once 'Frankenstein' gets going...It was wise of the writer and production team to make this use of their ensemble’s talents. While the leads’ vocals really shine, the rest of the cast members carry the story effectively." Full Review
"The strength of Sirota's production is in its vibrant music...Some scene transitions were clunky. But the striking visual tableaus on stage compensated for the musical's rough patches...An ambitious theater piece that is refreshingly buoyed up by its music. If it doesn't delve into all the nooks and crannies of the Frankenstein myth, it adds a new stripe to the horror story by underscoring the romance of Victor and Elizabeth." Full Review
"Sirota's musical isn't bad. The piece explores in depth a few elements that have gotten short shrift in previous adaptations, and Sirota's script creates interesting nuances through parallel scenes and echoing lines...It focuses heavily on the romance...at the expense of other important points...Bristoll's Creature is so expertly-played, he almost succeeds in closing the gap...Sirota's experiment may not have succeeded 100%, but it's an enjoyable retelling." Full Review
"Sirota imbues his show with the serious philosophical underpinnings of Shelley’s original...Even with capable performers, the more adult approach comes up short...The melodies at St. Luke’s are sometimes enjoyable, if not so striking...Director Clint Hromsco tries to inject some chills later on but fumbles them...As canny as Sirota may be about structuring a musical, the result fails to reanimate the story with thrills to match its existential struggles." Full Review
"Erick Sánchez-Canahuate brings heartfelt emotion and humanity to his portrayal of the infamous Creature...Unfortunately, the rest of the cast is not as convincing in delivering a believable connection to the familiar characters or their feelings, due in part to Sirota’s simplistic dialogue, trite lyrics, forgettable tunes, and unimaginative rhymes...This musical adaptation lacks the overall depth, tension, fluency, and spark of originality that made Shelley’s story a classic." Full Review
"The new musical of 'Frankenstein' unfortunately never quite comes to life. The show drags its way through Shelley's familiar tale without adding anything new to the myth...Each actor appears to be starring in their own little private musical, and always worlds apart from whoever they share a scene with...It doesn't help that the songs do little to move the piece forward, as the score is comprised of forgettable melodies with inelegant rhymes that clunk, rather than roll, from the actors' lips." Full Review
See it if Like off-Broadway, small, intimate theater experience. Good acting & singing.
Don't see it if You are expecting big budget, lavish productions. Small theater with tightly packed seats.
See it if you enjoy a well staged musical version of the Frankenstein tale. The 2 male leads were good and had some good musical numbers.
Don't see it if you don't like the Frankenstein tale. The female singers had small voices, not always in key. Sit closer to the stage to hear them.
See it if You want to see an interesting take on the story with empathy from the Monster's point of view.
Don't see it if You want a full-fledged production. It is a small space overtaken by a set that limits the actors. Also some of the leads singing was rough
See it if if you like overwrought melodrama with clunky lyrics and cheesy dialogue and aren't too critical of the performances.
Don't see it if you expect polish, professionalism or credibility, or want to go away feeling like you had a really entertaining evening.
See it if You love the story of the monster created by Mary Shelley one summer on a challenge from Lord Byron to her and poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Don't see it if you can’t imagine what the show might become with a truly talented cast, a good director, orchestral arrangements, and a lot of work on
See it if If you enjoy musicals, this may appeal to you, but perhaps it was too heavy on the music side and not strong enough on the actual dialogue.
Don't see it if You get bored easily or find it hard to sit through a multitude of songs
See it if you enjoy hero/villain with a twist; you don't expect a lot from your play choice; you are a 'Frankenfreak' and will see anything "Shelley";
Don't see it if you want top production values;
See it if You are a fan of the actors as they are trying their best.
Don't see it if you want a fully fleshed out musical. The talent is definitely there, but it felt more high-schoolish to me?
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