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The Dudleys!

From 5 critic and 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.


"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

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

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

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

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

Ambitious, Clever, Great acting

See it if you like spot-on, engaging projection work that integrates story and character seamlessly.

Don't see it if You don't like projections.

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.

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-

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.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Resonant

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.

Absorbing, Great staging, Quirky, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like a fun storytelling gimmick, detailed production design, you're OK moving from goofy to gallows humor to straight up drama and back.

Don't see it if you dislike video games, surreal and/or musical-esque shows; you don't like your metaphors too overt.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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, 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

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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