Backstage Review: ‘Evil Dead’ at Good Luck Macbeth

Good Luck Macbeth’s production of “Evil Dead” may be the messiest play I have ever seen. No, Really, broken dishes, blood, a severed hand, and the occasional decapitation, and be aware of the splatter zone.

~Photos and Review by Dana Nollsch~

What is “Evil Dead”

GLM’s production of “Evil Dead” (musical) takes parts of many of the Evil Dead movie franchises, combines them, and adds live music with singing and dancing to go with the blood and dismemberment. If you think that sounds good, then you would be right.

So let’s look at the story; we have five teenagers heading deep into the woods to stay in a secluded cabin. Sounds perfectly safe so far, Right?

In the cabin, they find a book, the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis (Also known as “The Book of the Dead.” Within this book, there is the power to raise an evil that, if left unchecked, will take over the world and enslave mankind forever. Oh, and did I tell you that the book is bound in human skin?

After they unwittingly unleash the evil, there are severed hands, beheadings, possessions, and unexpected visitors. Oh, did I tell you about the copious amounts of blood?

Was “Evil Dead” Funny

Yes, very funny. The cast has comedic timing that will make your face hurt by the end of the show. The story is such campy fun; the gore is so over the top you can’t help but laugh.

Was “Evil Dead” messy

Yes, Very Messy indeed! Dave Richards is the production team member whose job is to take care of all the blood needs, and Dave is very busy. And if I can suggest you get a seat in the splatter zone and where your best white t-shirt.

“Evil Dead” is a Musical

The energy of the live band added to the play. The band is fantastic, by the way. Along with the great music, there is outstanding choreography combined with dancers who can dance on a stage covered in blood. This is a fun, highly energetic play.

Check out the photos, and you will see what I am talking about.

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Should you go see it?

Yes, you should get your tickets now. As I write this, many performances are sold out, many more will be sold out soon, and the show has not even opened yet.


Book and Lyrics by George Reinblat
Music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris, and George Reinblat.

Directed by Joe Atack and Christopher Daniels

Vocal direction by Brenda Johns

Band Direction by Branden McKinnon

Choreography by Keely Cobb

Cast

Ash … Jared Lively
Linda … Ilyana Nightingale
Scott … Michael Davanzo
Shelly … Kristina Hamlin
Ed … Ryan Costello
Annie … Paige Tatem
Jake … Ryan Kelly
Shemp … DJ Hope
Shemp … Luis Galvez

The Band

Bass … Branden McKinnon
Piano … Aren Long
Guitar … Dylan Faulkner
Drums … Gerald Larson III

To find out more and purchase tickets go to GLM’s website at: goodluckmacbeth.org

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