Crabbe and Goyle are Dead

comedy · ravenpuff productions · Ages 16+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by CHRISTINE DEITNER

June 22, 2019 thetheatretimes.com [https://thetheatretimes.com/]

What I liked

I love a smart mash-up and this one not only maintains the tone of its original influence but expands the Potter world in entertaining ways.

What I didn't like

Sometimes it is hard to follow Tinsy – given her pitch and accent and rush to get the words out. There might be something amiss at the end, at least at the performance I attended, for the audience wasn’t sure when it was over. In such a small space, it feels a weaker choice to let the cast fall to shouting for such long periods – it would be great to find as many dynamics in the vocal performances as there are in the script.

My overall impression

If you’ve never read Tom Stoppard’s play, I hate to give you homework but you should before you go if you want to fully enjoy every reference the play manages to flip into the world of Harry Potter. The attempt is successful to a great extent and offers up good performances from all involved, especially from the two leads.
There’s plenty to laugh at and you may never watch the films without wondering where Crabbe and Goyle are again.

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