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Dracula: the Panto


Kathy

An important part of working in Indy is knowing how to play in Indy. And playing in Indy doesn’t get any better than Fringe Fest. For those of you who doesn’t know, Fringe Fest is a week-long+ festival of one hour plays of extraordinary range and wit. Buy a backer button for $5 to support the hard-working organizers and then 100% of your $10 ticket will go to the individual artist you just enjoyed. Best. Entertainment. Deal. Ever.

And where should you spend those hard earned greenbacks? This post and others to come will recommend a few for your enjoyment. Our first offering is Dracula: the Panto. This campy, creepy and hilarious sketch is for all lovers of “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” and the “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” It’s that awesome.

First, your excellent, cross-dressing narrator, Dr. Van Helsing, sets the scene and explains the interactive bits of the Panto theatre style. What follows is a satirical commentary referencing everything from the Leslie Nielsen flick Dracula, Dead and Loving It to repressed Victorian sexuality. The musical theatrics are powerful, especially Dracula’s ode to his love, Mina. I do think Matthew Anderson is the best Dracula I’ve seen in a long time. He is creepy and elegant combined. He will encourage you to “boo” him as the villain of the piece.

While you may have trouble catching the women’s lines during the musical portions, what you do catch will leave your sides aching. For example, of the cheeky post-modernism: Lucy routinely mentions the “men that I love,” and Mina constantly reminds her that it is a period piece. This campy, self-aware melodrama will leave all vampire fans in it’s thrall.  And no, Dracula doesn’t sparkle.

See this play and more at Indy Fringe on Mass Ave. And if you’re looking for a new kind of work (or play) in Indianapolis, visit Eclectic Pond.

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About the Blogger: Hi, I'm Kathy G. Slaughter. Based on my personal experience and professional expertise, I believe "the un-examined life is not worth living." Un-examined patterns and beliefs hinder our ability to live rewarding and authentic lives. Our behavior, whether in or outside the workforce, consists of knee-jerk psychological reflexes. This reality limits our ability to be happy and productive in all areas of life. My passion lies in helping individuals and organizations identify patterns and beliefs that are limiting their ability to fulfill their role in an authentic and satisfying ways. My greatest goal is to connect with you and through our connection, transform how you perceive your life and your choices. Life is too short to live it un-examined.

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