"Hysterical, campy fun!"
- Tony Brown, cleveland.com

"Full of suspense, romance, drama and lots of laughs!"

- Dan Shaurette, Out of the Coffin podcast

This extraordinary one-act drama deftly explores the evolution of the centuries-old vampire myth.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

A Very Spare Oom

Paring an unwieldly ninety-minute-plus show down to something closer to (though not quite) an hour for last February's BIG BOX production was enjoyable work. However, some elements stood out as less-than-cut. There are several "artistic" set pieces in the show - set apart from the dialogue - the two songs, naturally, Claire's poems, and John's Vision in the Spare Oom scene.

John's previous vision, where he witnessed something happen in front of him, has been thrown out and replaced with a scenario where he becomes the characters in the story he tells - and so do all the "vampires". There's a lot less talking, leaving Ali plenty of room for interpretation, and the point is much less obvious or preachy. The whole thing should be more physical and interesting. Here's hoping, anyway.

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