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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Members say: Disappointing, Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Great staging

About the show

Ensemble for the Romantic Century's new piece uses excerpts from the 1818 edition of the novel, music, and dance interwoven with Mary Shelley’s letters and diaries to explore both the classic story and its creation. More…

The joys and perils of motherhood, the hovering shadow of infant mortality, and the sting of loneliness and rejection merge as Mary Shelley creates her masterwork, 'Frankenstein.' The Creature that Dr. Frankenstein produces, an assemblage of disparate elements, coalesces into a monster with a human soul. His horrific appearance conceals the gentlest heart. Through no fault of his own, he is forced to descend into evil deeds. Featuring 19th century music, from Liszt, Schubert, and Bach.

Member Reviews (51)


Disappointing, Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Great staging
Avg Score

Overreaching, Unfocused, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if Fairchild's dancing is the best part of the show. The idea of mixing Shelley's biography​ and her best seller is well-intentioned.

Don't see it if The patchwork of too many different media left this piece resembling its main character. More dance, image & music than play.

Also This was disappointing. Too much time spend in dance and the bafflingl... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow

See it if If you are a fan of dance or opera you might enjoy it. It's a unique concept and utilizes a blend of several artistic mediums.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional theater. It's a bit all over the place. The solo piano & opera didn't further the story.

Also The concept has potential but in it's current state is comes off like ... Read more Read less

Great singing, Great staging, Slow, Confusing

See it if The singing is Opera. The music is good too,. The monster was excellent, dancing with emotion. Tells the story about Mary Shelly writing.

Don't see it if If you cannot handle a Opera four songs. It's slow and you have to listen for some of the performers you could not hear in the back row.

Intelligent, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Artsy-fartsy

See it if you’ve ever wanted to consume classic literature, a play, the ballet, the symphony, and the the same time.

Don't see it if “high art” or slow pacing is not your thing.

Balletic, Muddled and unfocused in places, Overly-ambitious, Stellar musicians, Poetic

See it if a fan of exquisite dancer, actor, and choreographer Robert Fairchild; willing to forgive an imperfect production and looking for creativity.

Don't see it if expecting a play faithful to Mary Shelley's 1818 classic Gothic novel; have little patience for uneven acting; dislike music/dance in drama.

Also Like the Creature of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this play sutures to... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Banal, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Want to see a good dancer but in a wasted role.

Don't see it if Want a better narrative.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if Mixed perform. arts incl. opera, period music, dance and acting.Robert Fairchild post-ballet. Great young musicians. staging is excellent.

Don't see it if Looking for conventional Frankenstein...this is about relationships and loss, and the metaphoric monster.

Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You are more interested Mary Shelley's life than in the monster she created in her writing. Tragedy both in her & in the monster's lives

Don't see it if You are purely interested in the Frankenstein & the monster story.

Also The pianist and other musicians were excellent and the music beautiful... Read more Read less

Monstrous adaptation, Frightful direction, Visually pleasing, Tragic production, Confusing

See it if you want to see Robert Fairchild in an intimate setting. Beyond that. it's more mismatched parts than Frankenstein's monster.

Don't see it if you like the original tale. It's incomprehensible ie light bulbs in 1816/Fairchild as horrifyingly ugly hint make his reflection monstorous

Beautiful, Great staging, Great singing, Great dancing, Ambitious

See it if you like ballet or opera or just an ambitious new staging of a classic story. If you are into experimental theatre and have an open mind.

Don't see it if you like things plain and simple or if you're a Frankenstein purist. If you are not a music and interpret dance fan.

Also Opera? Ballet? Of course, a bit of each as well as of theatre and you ... Read more Read less

Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Original

See it if you want to see something unusual; you love Robert Fairchild; you enjoyed ERC's Van Gogh's Ear.

Don't see it if you don't care for classical music and ballet with your drama.

What were they thinking

See it if you like grunting and groaning for minutes on end by a person playing a monster. There is no story here. A disgrace.

Don't see it if you have ANYTHING ELSE to do. What a waste of time.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow, Boring

See it if You are a fan of Robert Fairchild.Otherwise, it is a waste of time and money!

Don't see it if Just don’t!!!!

Absurd, Clunky, Glossy, Ill-conceived, Insane

See it if you'll suffer through anything to hear exquisite piano playing of Bach, Busoni, and Liszt.

Don't see it if you've read the book or seen any of the movie adaptations including "Young Frankenstein," and "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein."

Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're looking for something a bit obtuse and "artsy."

Don't see it if you're looking for an obvious plot and are not fairly familiar with the details of Frankenstein.

Also I feel like the description of this show and the vision it tries to ca... Read more Read less

Great staging, Visual experience

See it if You like dance, classical music and literary history. Robert Fairchild is awesome in this multimedia performance art.

Don't see it if You only like conventional theater.

Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Bad acting, Bad singing

See it if You are curious about the life of Mary Shelley. Classical music (except vocalist) accents the action. Nice concept.

Don't see it if If you are expecting great acting which sinks this production as well as the Van Gogh

Great acting, Epic, Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you like atmosphere over plot

Don't see it if you are looking for something more than a mediocre script

Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if Your house is on fire.

Don't see it if Just don't.

Ambitious, Confusing, Quirky, Slow, Special dance/movement

See it if You are a fan of Robert Fairchild who has created and dances the Frankenstein role. Live organ, piano and harpsichord plus a mezzo-soprano!

Don't see it if Looking for a “finished” work. This is better viewed as a workshop than a “polished” work. Script and continuity issues galore. Not for kids

Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You like to see different takes on a classic story. The music and dance are interesting; the acting and writing terrible

Don't see it if You have seen any other production of Frankenstein or even if you haven't. Robert Fairchild who is great, is wasted here.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Edgy

See it if You are a fan of Great story telling and acting. Bonus Paul Wesley from Vampire Diaries.

Don't see it if you want light entertainment. This show is intense and very thought provoking.

Entertaining, Dizzying

See it if You like original music and a interpretation on this famous story. Actors gave it their all.

Don't see it if If you like cute plays and have no interest in the Frankenstein story.

Ambitious, Indulgent, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you like classical theater and opera in a small scale production.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that experiment with blending dance, opera, and classical theatre.

Ambitious, Great musicians, Interesting concept, Great dancing, Riveting

See it if you like Robbie Fairchild. The concept is great. The music, dancing, & projections were incredible. The acting, writing & direction were not

Don't see it if the incredible music and dancing aren't enough to outweigh bad acting, writing and direction for you.

December 27th, 2017
“Frankenstein’s monster is enchanting, endearing, irresistibly alive...A monster to love. He is also trapped inside an ambitious but awkward production whose elements battle one another more often than not...The play’s dialogue has a way of shattering the mood created by the music, Mr. Fairchild’...
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December 27th, 2017
“A theatrical monster mash-up that's easy to admire for ambition, but less so in execution...It feels as stitched together and ungainly as the wretch revivified by Victor Frankenstein...Fairchild is the show’s marquee name. His jagged movements fit the story...The acting is a mixed bag, under the...
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December 27th, 2017
“Though Wolf's idea of juxtaposing details of Shelley's life with scenes from her most famous literary achievement to suggest how one influenced the other has plenty of potential, Sanders is never quite able to make this concept transcend...The performances don't always help...Thankfully, the pla...
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December 28th, 2017
"Fairchild's movements provide captivating dramatic beauty...Though the musical elements are top shelf, 'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein' suffers on the dramatic end. There is little thread connecting the scenes and director Donald T. Sanders' staging is perfunctory at best...There are fine ideas wit...
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