Robot Monster the Musical

musicals and operas · rich silverman · Ages 16+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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June 16, 2017 original article
tagged as: musical · campy · parody · nerdy · B-movie

What I liked

The cast has a goofy, fun time poking fun at bad-movie cliches by embracing them completely. This is a very fun show!

What I didn't like

The sound was an issue, at times, especially understanding the Ro-man character.

My overall impression

Look, if you know the stunningly bad – but oddly endearing – cult movie this is based on, then you know you are in for a goofy experience. Embracing horror movie stereotypes, playful and sweet, this is a piece of light-hearted camp that strikes the perfect tone of loving parody. Overall, I think this production could stand to pick up the pace and perhaps be shortened just a bit, but those are small concerns. The cast is the strength here, in my opinion, deftly mining the oddball material for some big laughs. (My personal favorite moment? One character dies but manages to bring one last big laugh with their changing of the set.)

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