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Unmotivated Cross Productions/Montage Theater Co Nights at St. Januarius

By • Jul 20th, 2010 • Category: Fringe, Reviews
Nights at St. Januarius by Kerri Sheehan
Unmotivated Cross Productions/Montage Theater Co
Redrum
Through July 23rd
70 minutes
Reviewed July 17, 2010

The Official Description: In this final episode of the TV show Nights at St. Januarius, the doctors and nurses start to notice some strange things happening after Dr. North returns. As we solve the mystery, we’re prescribing lust, murder, and lots of laughs.

They say: “After 63 years, America’s favorite daytime drama is going out with a fang…” I say: “That was a bloody good show!”

I have to preface this by saying I was worried. The plethora of material on Vampires (and the parodies of same) have begun to saturate the market. Next to zombies, there’s not a bookshelf left unscathed. So it was with some fear that I walked in to see this play. I shouldn’t have worried.

If you’ve watched ANY soap opera (by guilty pleasure or accidental exposure at the auto service waiting room) or nighttime drama (E.R. springs to mind), you’ll find a connection to this material. If you’re a Twilight or Buffy fan, so much the better. You don’t have to be either of these to enjoy this awesomely clever parody of both popular genres and more.

From the moment the cast comes out, striking their significant poses as the imaginary credits roll, to the very last moment (which I won’t share – you can’t make me), there’s enough to keep everyone rolling through this hilarious send-up. Every gasp, leer, double-take and noteworthy pun leads to a round of laughter. Honestly, it’s a wonder there’s any scenery left, after all the…ahem…chewing. Even when you know where the joke is going, no matter how much of a groaner it might be, it’s impossible to avoid laughing,

Catherine Tripp’s cast has way too much fun dishing this stuff out. It’s impossible to identify standout performances. It’s all good!

Be prepared for some shock-value surprises, though you don’t have to worry (much) about protecting yourself. Placing this show in Redrum is a particularly inspired choice by the Fringe’s Powers That Be. It’s an excellent staging space, if a bit cramped. Which also means: If you haven’t got your ticket yet, get it ASAP. This one ought to be a sell-out for its remaining performance.

Just for grins, go check out their web site. It’s a hoot! And if you want to know more about the Saint himself, Wikipedia has all the explanation you need.

If blood makes you squeamish, skip it, but you’ll be missing the fun. Just saying.

Cast

  • Dr. Eric North: Sun King Davis
  • Dr. Stephen Doyle: Matt Dougherty
  • Nurse Luke Ainsley: Cyle Durkee
  • Hank Frank: Brian Eller
  • Dr. Mark Reynolds: Ricardo Frederick Evans
  • Morgan Dexter: Kellee Farmer
  • Nurse Angela Ramirez: Amy Kellett
  • Nurse Carmilla Kamstein: Eleanor Keyser
  • Nurse Laura Palmer: Ellie Nicoll

Production Team

  • Director: Catherine Tripp
  • Stage Manager: Catherine Tremeau
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Kellee Farmer
  • Lights, Sound, Costumes, Props and Set: Unmotivated Cross Productions & Montage Theater Company
  • Produced by: Sun King Davis, Cyle Durkee, Ricardo Frederick Evans, Amy Kellett, Eleanor Keyser, Ellie Nicoll, Kerri Sheehan, Catherine Tremeau and Catherine Tripp

Disclaimer: Capital Fringe provided a complimentary media ticket to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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is founder and Artistic Director of OutOftheBlackBox Theatre Company (O2B2) and General Manager of the Greenbelt Arts Center. Since 2006 Betsy has worked as a director, producer, designer and more. Betsy has also worked with Washington Revels, Arena Stage, the now-defunct Harlequin Dinner Theatre and with community theatre companies both in Maryland and in upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Theatre from SUNY New Paltz. Through Hawkeswood Productions, Betsy produces archival performance videos and YouTube highlight spots.

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