If movement and drums aren't your thing, don't come to a show like this- but since I love them, I am grateful to have seen it. Even my friend, who never sees this stuff, liked it. It reminded me of ancient, primal theatre- I feel that is where the plot may even have started, but as for plot, I think everyone may have a different interpretation of that. Mine had it go from that ancient place and wend its way up through humanity, as we try to evolve.
I was also trying to interpret the costumes within the scope of this- they did a good job, I think, creating something that needn't be attached to any current culture, which was an issue on my mind- how can we celebrate cultures without disrespecting them? Do we need to create new culture?
The Fringe is the perfect time to experiment and bring ground-breaking works to the public, and Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group has done a fine job of introducing us to their company. Featuring an incredible cadre of perfomers, Nightmaricomio delivers where so many others have failed - it is a breath of fresh air and a spectacle to behold.
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Reviewed by Pauline Adamek ***This review first appeared on www.StageRaw.com***
A guy named Kevin (musician Kevin Van Cott) pounds away at a drum kit while a writhing ball of cast members moan and gyrate manically like a nest of vipers. And that’s pretty much it for an excruciating 35 minutes that feels like an eternity. "Nightmaricomio" is a lazy mash-up of two previous ZJU shows, "Manicomio" and "Nightmares."
As we enter a small theater with all its seats removed, we see the cast in action. The men are clad in shredded zombie-like rags while the women are wearing tight, stripy aerobics wear and bras. All have their faces painted with lightning bolts and geometric designs much like the Kiss Army fan club.
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