ensemble theatre · the vagrancy · Ages 15+ · United States of America

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June 05, 2017 certified reviewer

What I liked

Bold, provocative, and downright enthralling piece, Normal pulls no punches in this chilling, thought provoking, and overall highly entertaining show.

David Mancini’s direction and staging shines as does the cast, particularly Steve Madar’s performance as Peter Kurten. The Dusseldorf Ripper comes to life through Steve’s complex and enthralling performance, and through the world created around him, as the space itself, the various design elements including lights, shadows, and props, as well as the audience themselves, all become like characters which inform the humor, gore, monster and humanity in this twisted ride.

What I didn't like

My overall impression

This compelling, creepy, and relevant show shines through a very talented cast, strong direction, and excellent use of its lighting and set design to bring forth an almost immersive theatrical experience, that not only takes the audience on a thrilling, fast paced, dark ride, but somehow manages to use the events of 1931 Germany as a thought provoking way for one to question society and humanity.

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