All Girl Frankenstein | Zoo Studio | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 14 2013
Price: $25
The Mammals' All Girl Project gives women a crack at performing classics in which all or most of the characters are men. First came 2012's All Girl Moby Dick; now here's an entirely dude-free adaptation of Mary Shelley's horror novel about Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his fearsome creation. The casting pays off in performances that convey both ferocity and tenderness, particularly Amy E. Harmon's simultaneously scary and sympathetic monster. Adapter-director Bob Fisher supplies plenty of dark humor and lurid chills, often having to do with desecrating corpses in one form or another. But what makes the show truly unsettling is the way Fisher skillfully exploits the tension between the characters' fear of death and their morbid-verging-on-necrophiliac fascination with it. —Zac Thompson



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