It’s almost Halloween, and what better time to revisit the classic tale of Dracula, based on the macabre story by Bram Stoker. For the uninitiated, this story surrounds the bizarre illness that has fallen upon young Lucy Seward. Her family solicits the help of Professor Van Helsing to help solve the mystery of her unknown ailments. Their search for answers leads them into the depths of terror of the unknown and the unthinkable.
I was very impressed with this production. The pace was lively, the plot engaging, with enough twists and turns to keep any viewer engaged. Particularly entertaining was the Dom DeLuise-like character of Jeffrey Olin who plays the bumbling attendant, Mr. Butterworth. Also notable was Paul Guay, as the wailing Renfield, whose screams always sent chills down my spine.
Paul conceived and co-wrote “Liar Liar” working with chameleon Jim Carrey, which maybe contributes to his chilling talent. Or perhaps he’s just channeling the ghost that haunts the Westchester Playhouse? Only the shadow knows…
An added bonus was the interesting use of some simple David Copperfield magic. How did Dracula get in the room? How did they break that mirror? I’d love to see this production at midnight on Halloween, but sadly, the theater needs to prepare for the next production, and the stage needs to be free for rehearsals.
The Kentwood Players are now in their 60th year delivering local theater for an affordable price. Parking is free, and you can partner your play going with a discounted meal at several fine restaurants nearby. http://www.kentwoodplayers.org/save15.htm
Buggy Whip-(15% discount)
Check out their lobster specials. For $29, you get two one lb. lobsters. They’re quite succulent and a bargain at these prices. This “Old School” relic still stands the test of time
Marin Steak and Spirits- (15% discount)
Great steaks, seafood and other items, plus, it’s located right next to the Westfield Culver City Shopping Center
Uncle Darrow’s- (15% discount)
Fun Cajun delights right near Marina del Rey
Dracula plays through October 16, 2010 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, at the Westchester Playhouse located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester.
The production is directed by Shawn K. Summerer and produced by Alison Mattiza and Elizabeth Bouton Summerer. Tickets are $18.00 with a $2.00 discount for seniors, students, and servicemen. To purchase tickets, please call (310) 645-5156 during box office hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 4-7 PM. You may also purchase tickets online at www.kentwoodplayers.org.