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THE UNREPENTANT NECROPHILE presented by The Coldharts as part of the 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival. You can read the show description here.
nec·ro·phil·i·a – A paraphilia in which sexual gratification is derived from fantasies or acts involving a corpse.
Consider yourself warned.
The Coldharts follow up last year’s macabre EDGAR ALLAN with an even darker, more-twisted tale featuring a rock-n-roll beat. Joining Katie Hartman (guitar/vocals) and Nick Ryan (bass) this year is Nate Gebhard on drums.
Still a relatively new work, the show could benefit from an expanded book and perhaps an introductory scene before the first musical number. At the opening performance, Hartman’s vocals were over amplified, causing many in the audience to literally cover one ear to manage the volume. Conversely, it was difficult hearing some of the dialogue, as the actors were too soft-spoken and blocked completely upstage.
Volume obstacles aside, the musical numbers are strong and the show still manages to generate some good laughs. I can say unhesitatingly, that I’ve never seen anything quite like this on stage. A dark and entertaining guilty pleasure. BTW, Weekend‘s Bernie can’t hold a drumstick to this corpse.