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The Dudleys!

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

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

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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.

 

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Reviews (40)

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54
Avg Score

40
The New York Times

"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 under the direction of Jacob Titus and Mr. Stevens...The play itself, strenuously madcap but with minimal emotional underpinning, didn’t score many points with me." Full Review

55
Theater In The Now

"'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 material that caused the audience to not get on board for the ride. When the audience is unsure of whether to clap or not at the intermission break, it’s a warning sign that something isn’t working." Full Review

55
Theatre is Easy

"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 story is all over the place...Narrative moments appear, as well as more flattened archetypal character threads, but unfortunately, they never really come together to form any coherent whole." Full Review

65
New York Theatre Review

"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, albeit one with great projections. And as a play, the script doesn’t live up to the creators' attempt to put an immersive world on stage. " Full Review

80
Medium

"The acting, music, and plot all stood their ground next to the primary-colored landscape, and somewhere gelled perfectly...The play is not perfect. The first act should be 20 minutes shorter. My companion felt that the ending was almost too perfect. But I ate it up like a horse being given a jewel-tone sugar cube...The whole family and ensemble were lovely and engaging in their own ways but the two brothers at the center of the story were the winners of the night for me." Full Review

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75
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58
Clever, Impressive, Slight, Innovative, Overcooked

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.

79
Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Refreshing

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.

45
Ambitious, Confusing, Overrated, Interesting staging, 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

75
Clever, Great acting, Slow, Entertaining, Great staging

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

30
Quirky, Banal, Excruciating, Insipid, 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

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky

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.

70
Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

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

70
Creative, Clever, Quirky

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!

79
Creative, Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining

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.

69
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Too long

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.

85
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.

60
Original, Clever, Great acting, 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

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

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.

85
Excellent cast, Mormonfamily+undead in video game, Great use of video & choreography, 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

85
Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Entertaining

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.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

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-

70
Clever, Quirky, Nostalgic, Messy

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.

70
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Indulgent, 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.

92
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Great staging

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.

90
Funny, Absorbing, Resonant, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if creative mind that captures the fleeting, quirky, imaginative ideas in everyday life n make them into reality; touching narrative

Don't see it if u believe in the bigoted criticism on the left column.

79
Clever, Quirky, Emotional, Entertaining

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

65
Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Resonant

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.

56
Original, Banal, Confusing, Slow, Great staging

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

50
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched

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

88
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

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.