La MaMa presents the world premiere of this horror-themed puppet spectacle, conceived and directed by Obie Award winner Randolph Curtis Rand. More…
A rainy night in a Genevan castle. Debauched poetry and too much wine. A teenage girl writes a spooky story. On the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s creation, 'Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus,' 'Phantasmagoria' assembles a swirl of puppetry, biography, and storytelling into a market of ghosts. Part of La MaMa's 2016 Puppet Series.
See it if you don't mind sitting through a lot of confusing dialogue, you know the story of Mary Shelley and Frankenstein
Don't see it if you expect a lot of puppetry (it only comes out in Act 2), you want something easy-to-understand
See it if you want to be transported by a visceral experience; you don't mind not "rationally" understanding everything as long as you are entertained
Don't see it if you need linear storytelling, or only appreciate "traditional" theater that can be squared away by your rational mind.
See it if you know a lot about Mary Shelly and want to see aspects of her life on stage.
Don't see it if you're looking for a either a cohesive biographical play or retelling of Frankenstein.