Nov. 12 – 16, 2014
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Review by Nick Bennett-Zendzian
(Wellesley, MA) My hat goes off to any company that is mounting a new or otherwise under-produced script. Helen Edmundson’s Mary Shelley received its première staging in Leeds in 2012, followed by a national tour and a run at the Tricycle Theatre in London. Near as I can tell, it has not been mounted in the United States prior to the production currently running at Wellesley College, and I commend director Nora Hussey for bringing this well-crafted play to us. Continue reading →
(Boston, MA) A play rarely works when the actors have to emotionally sprint throughout all acts. A cast needs to pick its moments to ratchet up the tension and raise the stakes, or risk numbing the audience with melodrama. Unfortunately, the Boston University production Monster begins at a precipice of volume and angst and never can climb down to connect with theatregoers. Instead of communion, the production comes closer to an assault.
Monster is an ambitious staging of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. At its best, the tale can be a window into the theme of the messy pain of creation and abandonment from God and/or our parents. Continue reading →
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin’s understanding of the gravity of creation led to one of the most famous horror tales of all time: Frankenstein. Emily Dendiger posits that this knowledge came from Mary’s own life and relationships in the play Hideous Progeny. Most generations struggle between rebellion and responsibility; the choices we make create the world that we live in. Mary’s future husband, Percy Shelley, speaks of and practices “free love” and ideals, but ignores the monsters he releases. Hideous Progeny haunts Mary Godwin and the audience with the question: do you run away from the monsters or do you face them? Continue reading →