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ZOMBIE-LOGUE presented by Hugo West Theatricals as part of the 2015 Cincinnati Fringe Festival.
You can read the show description here.
Well you know what they say about assuming.
Just because Mike Hall is the guy who helped create zany musical comedies like Don’t Cross the Streams: The Cease and Desist Musical and Hot Damn! It’s the Loveland Frog for previous Cincy Fringes, one should not automatically assume that this year’s entry would also be a zany comedy. Like I did. Then you would be wrong. Like I was.
Instead, ZOMBIE-LOGUE is a story grounded in the real world (well, a real world with zombies). Hall portrays a lone “walker,” held at an undisclosed location, being passive-aggressively interviewed by person or persons unknown about his role in what has transpired.
Hall has a great every man quality that serves the character well. The zombie’s struggle to piece together what has happened and stay on topic feels natural. The script is well-written and, while not a comedy, it has a fair share of laughs and offers some biting commentary on today’s social norms.
The make-up, designed by Bob Allen, is unique and succeeds in the small space.
Aside from being a little slow to start, director Greg Procaccino has the show well-paced and and uses the area well. I did think there were a few emotional beats that could be explored regarding the zombie’s concern for his wife and child.
For future performances, a platform under the chair would help with sight lines. Also, when Hall was downstage center at the fence, it blocked the audience’s view of the communication from the observer(s).
Overall a bit unexpected, but an interesting and engaging story well-told. Four performances remain through June 6.
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