The Tragedy of Frankenstein

Written and directed by William Gilmore
Praxis Theatre Co.
Looking Glass Theatre
Equity showcase (closed)
Review by John Chatterton

[Editor's note: the reviewer adapted Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to the stage in the form of Frankenstein: The Musical Drama.]

The Frankenstein story continues to hold sway over dramatic adapters' imaginations, and this production showed why: it offers an opportunity to dabble in stage spectacle and literary effects to the maximum extent of the producer's pocketbook and the artists' skill.

As the audience seated themselves, grotesquely dressed chorus members sat on stage and mingled with the audience, growling and sometimes miming violent acts. The chorus, while enthusiastic, didn't play a very significant role in the production, which quite rightly focused on Frankenstein's story and the dilemma in which he placed himself.