One of the things I love about Boston is the local theater scene. The Company One production of Qui Nguyen’s “She Kills Monsters” was in it’s last evening kickass performances when the wife and I saw it (note to any cast member who happens to read this: 4:00 PM show, the guy with the loud laugh. That was me).
I write fantasy—so yes. I played D&D when I was younger. And the show is heavy with outstanding references that poke fun and embrace the ‘game of nerds’ at the same time.
It’s the story of straight-laced Agnes, a 25-year-old schoolteacher who lost her parents and her younger sister, Tilly, in a car accident. While cleaning up her sister’s room, Agnes discovers a D&D game written by the late teen and decides (with the help of Dungeon Master Chuck) to play the weird game her geek-sister had loved so much.
We meet Tilly through her character, Tillius the Paladin, and share in the adventure as Agnes finally finds out who her teenage sister was.
And there are two evil succubi cheerleaders. How can you go wrong with that?
Intertwined with the game, the audience is drawn into the life Tilly led— we experience her fears, her love and most of all--her hopes. And we also, along with Agnes, learn a bit about ourselves as well.
The cast were fab—each in her or his own way bringing to life a cast of characters born from dice.
Back Row: Stewart Evan Smith (Orcus), Paige Clark Perkinson (Agnes), Jordan Clark (Tilly/Tillius the Paladin), Adobuere Ebiama (Kaliope/Kelly), Meredith Saran (Lilith/Lily)
Front Row: Jordan Sobel (Miles), Jacqui Dupré (Evil Gabby), Mike Handelman (Dungeon Master Chuck), Kaitee Tredway (Evil Tina)
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This gem of a play was well performed and well received. It’s in its last night, so I’m afraid the review is a bit late to help build an audience. However, if you are local or ever visiting Boston, check out the Boston Center for the Arts and especially the shows that Company One put on.
Bravo and brava. Well done all.
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