The Dangerous Cures of Dr. B

ensemble theatre · the puckwit gang · Ages 18+ · world premiere · United States of America

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June 15, 2018 original article
tagged as: innovative · scary · music · dark · edgy · dark humor

What I liked

The entire cast performs the show with such genuine earnestness, it works as satire, comedy, drama and then effectively creepy as the play comes to a close. Perhaps the glue of the show is a musical duo that moves us from sequence to sequence as we witness the “On Air” Radio broadcasts they host… and how they sometimes have their own doubts about what they are selling to the masses. Their antics are sometimes comedic and sometimes pathetic.

What I didn't like

The experimental format of the show was a mixed bag for me. There are moments of odd choreography, pantomime and dance – the changes in tone sometimes took me out of the show rather than added to the narrative.

However, overall the piece plays out as an effective, creepy warning about the dangers of misplaced faith. The playfulness of mixing tones may not have worked for me at all times but ends up creating a very unique show that effectively conveys its message.

My overall impression

An experimental piece that explores the story of a healer/charlatan/con man’s affect on the lives of those who wish to be “healed” by his services. The piece is charming at first, but manages to take on an almost sinister tone at times as more is learned about Dr. B’s radical methods. The show provides a chilling reminder of how gullible we all can be if we want something bad enough.

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