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The Rise and Fall of Dracula

immersive theatre · cadame co. · Ages 16+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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June 16, 2017 original article
tagged as: dracula · Horror · dance · immersive · bloody · drama · classic

What I liked

This is innovative and thrilling, at times. An energetic cast places you right in the middle of a twist on familiar territory. Very intriguing and fun.

What I didn't like

The crowd flow through the show was clunky at times, perhaps better instructions when the audience should move to another area could help with that… very minor issue, though.

My overall impression

A rethink of the Dracula tale, this show defies description. Part mildly interactive immersive theater piece, part heavy drama, part dance performance, a strong cast energetically throws themselves into the material (sometimes literally) and produces a sad tale of a woman who rose from tragedy to become a monster. Catch that detail? Dracula is a woman in this version, and it adds a level of gender politics to the piece that never is pointed to heavily, simply enhances the proceedings. This piece places you in the center of the action. Dramatic encounters take place inches from the audience, sometimes even overflowing into it. At times intimidating, at times enthralling, this experimental staging, for me, increased the intensity of the show, for sure. The cast is strong, the music perfectly sets the tone and strengthening the piece overall.
If you want to dip your toe into the immersive category at Fringe, this is a fine show to satisfy that urge as well as your urge for the mysterious and creepy.

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