Monsters of Man: A Supernatural Anthology

ensemble theatre · mb stage productions, llc · Ages 14+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 22, 2019 original article
tagged as: Horror · dark · anthology · strong cast

What I liked

Working best during its most sincere emotional moments, the effective cast manages to create some legitimate moments of tension and empathy. This is a talented cast and they are fully committed to the material at hand.
Lighting, staging, sound and simple set changes definitely serve the cast well and are often very effective.

What I didn't like

The weaker moments are sketches or monologues that are so vague it’s hard to empathize with the character or draw any emotional conclusion about their plight or situation. It stumbles during stretches where the show tries to create mystery and tension without managing to make the audience care about the characters. Also, it does not help build momentum when some of the weaker scenes are actually toward the end of the show.

My overall impression

A horror anthology is certainly territory worth exploring. However, like many anthologies, Monsters of Man is a mixture of successes and failures.

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