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Nothing Bad: A Werewolf Rock Musical

musicals and operas · theyplayed productions · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by JOSH RITZ

June 04, 2017 certified reviewer

What I liked

Great performances by the actors. Great singing. Catchy Songs. Complex subject matter. A great ending. Rewatch value. A lot of fun!

What I didn't like

The show makes 90 minutes go by quickly, but on occasion the pacing of lines and speed of plot reminds you that this is a show which wants to break out of its 90 minute restriction

My overall impression

I came in a skeptic, and left really impressed with what the Director and his cast were able to create. While promoting itself simply as a rock n roll werewolf musical, the show tackles some surprisingly dark, complex subject matter. Though elements of a morality story are present, things aren’t so black and white by the end, and I was left unsure of who was really ‘right’ in the end. The dialogue felt real and natural, and timing between comedic and serious lines worked well. At one point, a the audience laughed when a character gave a funny line and then silenced when he did something appalling moments later. The music was good and catchy, there are a few that stood out in particular and one I’m still humming to myself 3 days laters. The actors were all on point, had great voices and played their parts very well. Very effective use of otherwise limited staging (a subtle joke with one of the backdrops had me laughing in the opening number). Despite running just shy of 90 minutes, the show moved very quickly, and I was surprised 90 minutes had gone when it was done. Overall, I enjoyed it greatly and would hope to see it again if it goes beyond Fringe.

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