The Blood Brothers and Nosedive Productions
AN EVENING OF GRAND GUIGNOL HORROR
INTRODUCTION by MAC ROGERS
THE FINAL KISS by MAURICE LEVEL
VAGINA DENTATA byJAMES COMTOIS
THE KISS OF BLOOD by JEAN ATAGNY and FRANCIS NEILSON
78th Street Theatre Lab, 236 West 78th St. at Broadway, NYC
October 19 28, 2006
Directed by STEPHANIE WILLIAMS, PETE BOISVERT and PATRICK SHEARER
Costumes LAUREN CAVANAUGH
Lighting GABE EVANSOHN
Makeup CAT JOHNSON
Sets REBECCA COMTOIS
Sound PATRICK SHEARER
Stage Manager STEPHANIE WILLIAMS
Press Agent JAMES COMTOIS
Pete Boisvert Patrick Shearer Melanie Adelman Desmond Dutcher
Laurel Keane Marc Landers Leah Carrell Christopher Yustin
Anna Kull Cat Johnson Gavin Hoffman Rebecca Comtois
and Brendan Farley
Just in time for Halloween, The Blood Brothers and Nosedive Productions are presenting AN EVENING OF GRAND GUIGNOL HORROR, an hour plus assortment of six pieces of theater, including vignettes and one-acts, all celebrating the Grand Guignol genre. Full of mirth and murder, this packed evening is a tasty treat, a guilty pleasure full of tricks and treats.
Aside from drooling blood, the HORROR includes severed limbs, acid-burned skin, vicious blindings, mad hauntings and one truly raunchy decapitation. The action comes fast, and though not necessarily flawlessly executed, presented with a certain style that satisfies. The sets, costumes, lighting, music and makeup all add to the mood and heighten the desired effect.
For a show called AN EVENING OF GRAND GUIGNOL HORROR, I laughed a lot. Part of the point, and making the experience different from what I was expecting, but certainly enjoyable. Definitely not for everyone, and not recommended for children, however.
- Kessa De Santis -