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Dee Ann Bryll & Tara Williams in Falcon Theatre's SLASHER. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Dee Anne Bryll & Tara Williams. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

SLASHER presented by Falcon Theatre through Nov. 2. Read the show description.

Falcon’s SLASHER doesn’t just stumble, but falls on it’s own knife (repeatedly) in this lackluster, nearly-bloodless production. Described as a “frighteningly funny send up of the horror movie genre,” Allison Moore’s thin and meandering script seems to need imagination, humor and attention to the details of the horror genre to pull it together. That effort isn’t there.

Dan Doerger & Dee Anne Bryll. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Dan Doerger & Dee Anne Bryll. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

In an early scene with Dan Doerger (Marc) and Jeffrey Surber (Jody) the two characters are having a long discussion about the horror genre. To me it seemed as if they were just reciting lines, and didn’t have a real understanding of the subject matter. This lack of understanding of the subject matter was evident throughout the entire production.

On opening Saturday, the show was uneven with odd timing and fumbled lines. There was little fun or energy to the performances. Sadly, the biggest laugh of the night came from a set door falling off its hinges.

Tara Williams, in multiple-wigged roles, brought some fun and nice energy to the stage. Norma Rashid’s appearance as news reporter Belinda Chapman was a definite treat, but if the whole production had been stronger, her appearance would have been the cherry on top of a fun night.

Lauren Bailey & Dan Doerger. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Lauren Bailey & Dan Doerger. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

Overall the lack of vision and enthusiasm for the material was evident in the quality of the production.

Complete list of show times for SLASHER.

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