Evil Dead: The Musical

I don’t know whether Sam Raimi is a musical theater fan, though I suspect Rodgers and Hammerstein never wrote anything with enough gore for his tastes. George Reinblatt, in his adaptation of The Evil Dead, has taken some liberties to turn a campy movie into a campy musical. His concern for the source material, though, is evident in the vast amounts of blood poured on the stage—and, in some cases, on audience members. Reinblatt is a comedy writer, and he never resists the opportunity to throw in an extra joke--some incredibly funny, some incredibly stupid. What makes this production entertaining is that the actors never back down, fully embracing their over-the-top characters. Particularly good is Kate Jaeger, playing the daughter of the man who inadvertently sets evil demons free in rural Michigan. With excellent comic timing and a beautiful voice, she stands out in a cast of very talented demons. BRENT ARONOWITZ

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 30, 11 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 13, 11 p.m. Starts: Oct. 20. Continues through Nov. 20, 2010

 
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