Erica and Bathory's relationship could have been brought to life in a more streamlined fashion to greater effect, but Flor was ultimately able to render two distinct identities, both beautifully energized and uniquely expressed once fully established. For the first five minutes or so the narrative seems to be finding its legs, a bit like a baby horse. Once it does though, it takes off running beautifully: a fascinating combination of historical fiction and frank introspection. Erica Flor and her creative team have worked to bring to life an exploration of the psyche by merging the past and the present through the use of impressive visuals and moments of truly visceral intensity.
"well behaved women seldom make history"
Keep on misbehavi...
Erica Flora gave me chills as I witnessed her inner struggle with the evil (Erzsebet) inside her. It was provocative, daring and unlike anything I have ever seen. Well written, performed with passion and honestly. A must see! ...
My full review is here: http://zahirblue.blogspot.com/2016/06/bloody-beautiful-review.html
At heart this seems to possess a lot of potential, plenty of seeds waiting to grow into a really disturbing and original piece. But everything needs further development....
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The Lounge seems to be emerging as the natural home of good one-woman shows; Erica Flor wanted to write a show about Erzsebet Bathory, the infamous Hungarian “Blood Countess”, a 16th Century noblewoman who tortured and murdered over 650 victims within ten years.
Lights up on a woman in a bath, when she emerges, we realize that the bath was filled with blood and the woman is naked, now stained. the woman speaks powerfully, teasingly, she wants us to appreciate her nudity, she towels herself dry and puts on a red silk dress.
The woman is the countess, the most prolific serial killer in history, regaling us with tales of her cruelty, so far so fringey; a well-researched history lesson on a quirky foreign murderess. But ...
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