The Modern Prometheus | Right Brain Project | Theater & Performance, Halloween | Chicago Reader
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In Brad Lawrence's version of the Frankenstein story, set during the Franco-Prussian War, the famous doctor fashions his famous monster from parts of dead soldiers--and then resurrects a dead little girl for an encore. These two stunts give rise to angry mobs, debates about the ethics of playing God, and, for the doctor's girlfriend, a rather severe case of the heebie-jeebies. Lord knows taking liberties with Mary Shelley's novel is nothing new, but Lawrence's additions muddy the tale and detract from the central conflict between the creator and his creation. Directors David Marcotte and Nathan Robbel further scatter focus by overloading on sound and lighting effects. The best thing about the production--Tom McGrath's sardonic performance as Dr. Frankenstein's wicked assistant, Henry--is woefully underused. --Zac Thompson



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