Saturday, November 3, 2007

Deadly performance

The word from the New York Post regarding the newly opened off-Broadway Frankenstein helps explain the popularity of its comic cousin on Broadway.

“This "Frankenstein" is bad in an all-too-earnest way -- it‘s deadly dull, rather than a campy hoot,” writes Frank Schenk. The performance is “solemn and semi-operatic” and the monster is “hunky,” with a bare chests and well-developed abs, “indicating that being one of the living dead has in no way made him cut down on his exercise routine.”

The contrast makes it all too evident: In a time when we've got real corpses on our conscience, we‘d rather pay money to watch a monster don a top hat and put on the Ritz.

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