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The Frankenstein Summer

a Drama
CATEGORY : DRAMA
by Catherine Bush

COMPANY : Pumphouse Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Legion Theatre
ID# 4285

SHOWING : May 11, 2012 - May 19, 2012

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A dark and stormy night, a remote castle set above a lake, and a group of expatriate English literati. These elements brought forth the classic horror story, "Frankenstein". Based on historical fact, Catherine Bush's drama of conflicting personalities, fervors and talents provides an engrossing and involving evening of theatre. The poets Lord Byron and Percy Byshe Shelley spar with words while the novelist, Mary Wollstonecaraft and her half-sister, and Byron's erstwhile lover, Claire Claremont, vie for their hearts. Byron's personal physician, John Polidori, and Fletcher, the good and faithful butler are there to experience the emotional fireworks.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Suzanne Hustings
Designer/poster Barry KING
Dr. John Polidori William Brooks
George Gordon, Lord Byron Mike Davis
Claire Claremont Jen Garrett
Fletcher Micheal Milton Harris
Mary Godwin Morgan McCrary
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REVIEWS

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The Pumphouse Strikes Back
by flyingmonkey
Monday, May 14, 2012
4.0
Went to see this Friday night at the Legion Theatre in Catersville and had a great time. With this lighthearted romp about the inspiration for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, The Pumphouse has gotten back in our good graces after the last few shows we've seen there failed to impress (It's All In the Timing, Extremities, Til Beth Do Us Part, Bad Dates). There's not much to this show as far as substance or high stakes for the characters, but somehow the performers pushed the show up a notch (in spite of the material).

Our only real complaint was the mix of accents. Three of the actors had fairly impressive British accents (Mike Davis as Lord Byron, Morgan McCrary as Mary Shelley and William Brooks as Dr. Polidori). These three actors also had the most well defined characters and were the standouts among the cast. Adam Kelley (Percy Shelley) and Jen Garrett (Claire Clairemont) delivered non-regional American accents and Michael Harris (Fletcher) came across as being a southern American working for Lord Byron in Geneva. A weird little mixed bag of accents. This small complaint aside, all the actors took their roles seriously and it came through on stage. It's a quick paced show and some clever wording creates the humor.

Thought the humor could have been played up a little more with some slamming doors for the many entrances and exits of the cast.

Stick around for the curtain call as you will be treated to a couple of hilarious sight gags by the cast. All in all, itís a very enjoyable show from a tight cast who look like they're having a great time on stage.

Put this one on your to do list.

The Flying Monkey
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