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Hell's Bells!
a Drama w/ Comedy & Music
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA MUSICAL
by Poe, Rosetti, Service, Carroll, Bierce, et al

COMPANY : Savage Tree Arts Project [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Theatre Decatur [WEBSITE]
ID# 2481

SHOWING : October 31, 2007 - November 18, 2007

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

"Hell's Bells" is a new holiday show for Hallowe'en.

Savage Tree has collected some of the spookier selections from English Lit, sewed them together with a witch's needle, strapped them to the cold slab of the theatrical stage, and raised the whole monster to the gloomy autumn sky, exposing it to the lightning fury of a company of twisted performers.

Reimagined and submitted for your approval are:

"The Bells", "Alone", and "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, "Phantasmagoria" by Lewis Carroll, and "Goblin Market" by Christina Rosetti.

The company also performs wickedly vicious music from a by-gone era.

"I dreamed that I was dead..."


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Kyle Crew
Crew Jim Walsh
Company Enisha Dickerson
Company Erin Greenway
Company John McLean
Company Angela Porter
Company Winslow Thomas
Company Judy Thomas
Company Matthew Trautwein
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REVIEWS

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From Sarah Onsager
by KristiCasey
Thursday, November 15, 2007
4.5
Friends --

I was one of the fortunate souls in the house this past weekend for HELL'S
BELLS, a Savage Tree production (going on through this weekend, November
18!) at Theater Decatur.

As actors, playwrights, and performers, we share a love of words, music, and
visual artistry. THIS SHOW HAS IT ALL!

The stellar cast performs as a true ensemble, from the opening number
(everyone plays an instrument -- WELL!) to the quieter moments. From the
ghostly to the mischievous, there's not an emotion unexplored.

The "Actors Director," Kyle Crew, has fed his merry band a feast of words
and imagery, and the audience member is the lucky diner.

But they need bodies in the seats!

I know that we are looking toward Thanksgiving, but listening to classic
literary pieces of the macabre can certainly make you thankful for what you
have.

Please support this fine production with your attendance. You will be glad
you did!

yours ever,
Sarah O. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Out of curiosity... by MeisnerGuy
Why don't these folks post their own reviews? Heaven knows we could use a few more eloquent reviewers on this site...

I do agree, though, that these theaters could use more tushies in seats. I opted instead of Hell's Bells to see Turn of the Screw at OSA for my Halloween treat and theaters like Theatre Decatur and Onstage occasionally do hit the mark, unfortunately folks don't often get to see these gems.
My thoughts exactly by BenAround
I also thought it was odd that we now have reporterwannabes sharing quotes from others. It's not so much that I doubt their sincerity, just wondering what the hell??? It reminds me of ads about a show (i.e. Hear what people are saying...) rather than an actual review. Hey Moderator, how about a TheaterAd.com site? ;o) Ben
Why I posted their comments by KristiCasey
I don't know that Joanna or Sarah visit this site at all, but they posted these comments elsewhere. In the general spirit of sharing their opinions, I "forwarded" them here. Sorry if that was offensive. I won't do it again.
Show commentary from Joanna Daniel
by KristiCasey
Thursday, November 15, 2007
4.0
The estimable Joanna Daniel saw the show on Sunday Night (Nov. 11). Those of you who are acquainted with Ms Daniel know her for keen eye, her trained ear, and considerable talent and good taste.

Of "Hell's Bells", she remarks:

"So I went to see this amazing show Sunday night, it was this ghoulish collection of ghastly tales and creepy ghost stories adapted for the stage by some insane weirdo who seems to have thing for Poe and Saki, and wants to share it with, of all things, an audience ... can you believe it? from the moment the Goreyesque fantasy began, I was transported from the rather pitiful and dour theatre auditorium through a dreamlike sequence of cautionary tales, nightmarish
fantasies, disturbing scenarios, bizarre but brief snatches of the strangest
characters, and a chorus of reciting voices which needed no musical
accompaniment since it was music itself. The bare space in which these men and
women and children moved and ranted and whispered became a place haunted by a
world of spirits. some new, some familiar, re-kindling forgotten memories and
reminding me of that dark place which tempts us all, even though we try to
pretend w e're not at all curious.

hmmm .... you should check it out for yourself, might be something you'd enjoy,
in a weird sort of way ..."
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