Evil Dead: The Musical | Broadway Playhouse | Theater & Performance, Fall Arts | Chicago Reader
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David Sajewich, Callie Johnson

David Sajewich, Callie Johnson

Peter Coombs

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 12 2014
Price: $29.99-$67.99
The first two of Sam Raimi's inventively gory Evil Dead movies—the 1981 cult classic and its 1987 sequel—get spoofed in this inept and idiotic touring musical, which originated in Toronto. The main problem with George Reinblatt's script (other than that it makes us sit through two different plots back-to-back) is that it treats the source material as if it were brainless slasher fare rather than the unique and artfully fucked-up vision it is. In Christopher Bond's low-rent staging, a relentlessly chipper cast isn't given much to work with, other than some terrible puns, obvious sex gags, casual misogyny, and a battery of cannons to spray the audience with stage blood. Is it funny? As the story’s excitable hero would put it, "Noooooo!" —Zac Thompson
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