By: Christine E. Boston
Evil Dead the Musical draws upon the story lines of Sam Raimi’s cult classics, Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2. While Raimi’s movies were some of his first he ever directed and were meant to establish him as a serious director, they developed a huge cult following and are forever imprinted on the psyche of B-movie lovers everywhere. The movies are risqué, funny, and over the top, and these same sentiments resonate in Evil Dead the Musical. Evil Dead the Musicalpays homage to the movies, Bruce Campbell, and fans of all ages. Well, mostly all ages. It would be a grievous omission not to state up front that this is not a kid friendly show. This is also not a show appropriate for your grandmother, unless your grandmother loves bawdy, over the top, obvious sexual innuendo and humor. And slight nudity. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there is plenty of cleavage, bare chests, and tree porn to titillate all.
The next two hours flew by without notice. Blood and beer was everywhere, covering the stage, floors, and first four to five rows of the audience. Hands were SORE from clapping, and voices were hoarse from screaming and moaning in admiration. One of the pervasive questions I have received about the show has been “Is it funny?” This question was fully answered within seconds of the show opening as the cast jumped on to stage for their first song and dance number and were quickly drowned out by laughter of the audience. My face, along with those of many audience members, hurt from laughing so hard. Any questions about the general audience appropriateness of the show were snuffed five minutes later by the amazing cast that gave a no holds barred performance that included more sexual innuendo than a a Dungeons and Dragons scene in a brothel. The amazing actors gave a performance of suggestive that failure to do so would lead to their own possessions by Candarian demons.
John Frederick not only delivered on his promise of a good show, he and his amazing cast and crew knocked it out of the park! There were absolutely no requests for refunds, but instead demands for more and promises of the audience returning for more. If opening night’s demand for tickets is any indication, these tickets will sell out faster than it took for Ash’s hand to become possessed, so stop reading this review now and purchase your tickets before it is too late. The show runs through October 31 at 12 midnight, with the majority of the tickets for that night already being sold out, and TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE for purchase athttp://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/505725. More information about the show can be found on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/EVDRENO.