Theatre ReviewsTom Williams


Adapted and directed by Sean Graneyfrankenstein

Adapted from the novel by Mary Shelly

Produced by The Hypocrites

At the Museum of Contemporary Art

75 minute Frankenstein moves about frantically

I think the promenade style theatre that has captured Sean Graney has its merits but it I don’t think it worked at the MCA stage. Too many people had to work too hard moving about just to get a sight line to follow the story. I was preoccupied with anticipating where the action was going to happen so that diminished my involvement with Graney’s inventive Frankenstein. I hope that trend ends soon.


John Brynes’ Victory Frankenstein and his creation, Daemon (Matt Kahler) became locked in a duel for each other’s soul. Daemon wants a love mate—Strange Girl (Jessie Fisher), another of Victor’s creations could fill Daemon’s need for a mate. Kahler performance was chilling; Brynes’ was intense. Graney’s highly theatrical and physically challenging production features an intriguing mixture of gothic tales with some Faustian elements making this fast-paced work emphasize the raw sensuality of Frankenstein’s creation.

Those who enjoy unique, even quirky theatre, will embrace Frankenstein and the labors of promenade staging. The younger audience members were thrilled with concept and the story—that is always a good sign. Graney’s plays are surprising, manic with a strong sense of atmosphere. His Frankenstein is intoxicating.


Tom Williams

At the MCA, 220 E. Chicago, IL, call 312-397-4072, tickets $20 – $25, Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3 & 7:30 pm, Fridays at 10 pm, running time is75 minutes.

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