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The Dudleys!

From 35 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging

About the show

Loading Dock Theatre presents Leegrid Stevens' comedy, in which a family's memories are brought to life as a malfunctioning 8-bit video game. More…

The Dudleys dodge ghosts, undying zombies, and evil Aunts side-scrolling through the neighborhood as they try to best a game that might not be for winning. Featuring original chiptune music and life-size 8-bit video animation, 'The Dudleys!' is a story of family, regret, and the games we play to get by. Press start. Play the Dudleys.

Member Reviews (35)


Clever, Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging
Avg Score

Ambitious, Indulgent, Quirky, Clever, Uneven

See it if you don't mind being editor in your head. There's a good 90 minute play in this 2hr 15 min presentation. Clever idea needs better execution.

Don't see it if you've never played an Atari or Gameboy or at least know what one is. Or if you just can't stand another theatre as therapy for playwright.

Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You want a unique take on the classic family drama. You want an emotional experience. You like technology used for storytelling.

Don't see it if You want a compact, spare story: the show could've been edited better. You don't like technology mixed w/storytelling.

Ambitious, Confusing, Interesting staging, Overrated, One dimensional

See it if You know someone in the cast or can ignore an inane story for an interesting staging. The characters or one dimensional and annoying.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained by a good story and good acting, without waiting two hours for a confusing jumble to come together into something

Mormonfamily+undead in video game, Great use of video & choreography, Excellent cast, Familyvalues & grieving explored, Needs trimming

See it if you want a visually explosive, thought provoking journey into video gaming land with a game cast, excellent design & capable direction

Don't see it if you don't care for video games or have no knowledge of their worlds, 1/2 the joy of this piece is recognizing the references

Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Too long, Quirky

See it if You enjoy risk taking theater and original ideas well presented and entertaining.

Don't see it if You can't sit through over two hours of a good idea that becomes repetitious.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if You explore complex familial relationships as they develop over time and appreciate novel, ingenious staging and competent execution.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span, cannot devote two hours to watch a show, or do not enjoy musicals or understand Nintendo or video games.

Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You like clever usage of projections and animation. You like seemingly biographical pieces exploring family and grief.

Don't see it if You're frustrated when you can't hear lyrics or don't have any familiarity with video games.

Clever, Great acting, Original, Gratuitous description of horrific animal cruelty

See it if If you are interested in a clever depiction of a family drama and can get past a extremely disgusting description of animal cruelty.

Don't see it if You can't handle descriptions of animal violence.

Also The gratuitous, graphic description of the violent murder of a cat was... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting, Slow, Clever

See it if you want to see technology used in a way you haven't seen before. The staging and projectors make you wanting more. Roger Casey was great!

Don't see it if not interested in a story about a in a family with many issues, which the show uses technology and 8-bit video games to lighten the mood.

Also I would recommend people to see it, for future potential of using the ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You want to catch a uniquely presented show-a mesmerizing family inside a video game! Wonderfully imaginative. Lots of fun- yet poignant~

Don't see it if You dislike video games or are looking for a standard show-this plays with all levels (!) of a family-bringing a game to believable life-

Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Clever

See it if you enjoy new work with brilliant projection and design work.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy new work with a sometimes thin plot and characters.

Clever, Quirky, Messy, Nostalgic

See it if you're a fan of 80s video games, and have ever wished life would play more like one. You like neat uses of tech in theater.

Don't see it if you don't want cliched family characters, or a meandering plot that doesn't tie all it's loose ends... like life.

Banal, Excruciating, Insipid, Quirky, Slow

See it if You don't mind giving up your time and mind to this completely confusing poorly written, acted and directed mess.

Don't see it if You are looking for something new and fresh or even remotely interesting

Also The technology that everyone mentions is silly. It is awkward at best ... Read more Read less

Clever, Quirky, Creative

See it if You like anything to do with technology and old video games and sounds! The idea behind the whole show is very clever and inventive concept.

Don't see it if You're expecting a polished show...many kinks but a truly interesting concept!

Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Ambitious, Creative

See it if If you enjoy quirky theater using technology and metaphor to tell a story. You would like to see family drama as an 80's video game.

Don't see it if If you don't want to see 80's video games played out on stage; you want standard, direct story-telling. You don't like family drama.

Innovative, Impressive, Overcooked, Clever, Slight

See it if you're primarily going to want to check out the impressive work with projections, and how characters onstage interact with 2D graphics.

Don't see it if you've already seen these kinds of projections and need more than neat visuals. Characters are underdeveloped, even as the show is too long.

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You always wondered how your life as a video game would play out. It was original and fun, the positives outweigh the hiccups.

Don't see it if If you're not nostalgic for those early consoles, or hate video games in general. While the staging was creative, the sound needs work.

Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You enjoy video games and shows that incorporate technology into them. You can handle heavy subject matter handled in a unique way.

Don't see it if You don't like or understand the concept of video games. Are triggered by death and health issues or family issues in shows.

Entertaining, Clever, Quirky

See it if you like-video games-family dramedies-virtual backdrops/settings-tongue in cheek humor

Don't see it if you want-live music-a conventional setting-character development-a thought provoking family drama

Confusing, Great staging, Banal, Slow, Original

See it if you want to see a completely original work, or if you are fascinated by bringing video games into real life

Don't see it if You're looking for great writing or acting...they're both lacking. The show could use many cuts and less self indulgent actors

Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You love video games, family dramas, and are looking for a unique and innovative theatrical experience.

Don't see it if you are looking for a masterfully crafted script, short piece of theatre or you hate video games.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate fine acting in a fresh and innovative show.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional story told in a linear fashion.

Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You loved Sega Genesis, you are open to innovative theater, and are willing to take a wild and inventive ride with the excellent cast.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with non-linear narrative, and if you want to know or guess in advance where the show is taking you.

Also This show was in turn edgy, funny, very sad, and always surprising. It... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if The best part of the show was the concept and design. See if you're high! Otherwise hard to sit through.

Don't see it if the script was confusing and all around badly written. The characters were one dimenseional, and difficult to emotional connect to

Also (CONT) in a story where we are supposed to sympathize with the main ch... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Emotional

See it if You're an 80's kid who remembers old school video games, and can be entertained by a story told in the environment of one.

Don't see it if the topic of cancer or the loss of a parent is difficult for you. It personally hit me close to home.

Also It is a fun concept for a show, and was mostly lighthearted. There wer... Read more Read less

October 12th, 2016
"Visually, the production offers plenty of diversion...But the wobbly plot doesn’t really go anywhere; it’s more a series of disconnected scenes, featuring characters who aren’t really much more realistically textured than the figures in video games...All the actors have fun with their roles unde...
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October 14th, 2016
"With amazing design but unfocused storytelling, 'The Dudleys!' is a flawed show built on a great premise...The show is at its best when it is featuring the imaginative animated scenes and offering opportunities for the actors to interact with textures and ideas in creative, clever ways...The sto...
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October 14th, 2016
"'The Dudleys' is unique in execution but lacks a strong, cohesive story to carry the audience on a two-hour journey...The draw of this play is the unique visuals created by the skilled creative team...It was a daring production to say the least. Perhaps it was the lack of connection to the mater...
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October 21st, 2016
"There was a disconnect between the gestalt of the show, and the story it was telling, a disconnect that, as impressed as I was by the direction, design, and performances, left me wanting a little bit more...The design of this play, it must be stressed, is quite amazing...It was just a play, albe...
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