Dracula Review by Sarah Lambert

All the lights go out, leaving a ghostly blue beam shining on the stage below. The fog rolls in. A piercing scream hits the still air as a terrified woman runs, panicking, in every direction. A mysterious figure rises from underground. Breathing in the hazy fog, sitting in the darkness with icy chills running down your spine, the intensity of anticipation to see what will happen next leaves you literally sitting at the edge of your seat. Initially dramatized by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston, from Bram Stoker’s world-famous novel and modified by William McNulty, Dracula has arrived.

All aspects of this performance are stunning, but what stood out the most was the atmosphere. Lights can be set for an indoor appearance; the props looking as they would in a real home. Howling wolves, thick rolling fog, and dark dim lights set the eerie mood of night. Shrill screeching music and red lights set an admonition for danger and attack– that’s when you know Dracula is near.

Complimented by the settings and props was the acting. From the hilarity and vulnerability of Renfield’s character (played by Marc Bovino), to Dracula’s severe sense of power, strength, and manipulation (played by Randolph Curtis Rand), you will find yourself hypnotized and awestruck by the dramatic yet realistic performance portrayed by these actors.

And what is a great play without astonishingly realistic sound effects? The howling wolves, the eerie music, the shattering screams and the shocking gunshots are all just a part of what makes this performance so remarkable and unforgettable.

The overall impression given by this presentation was astounding. When you put together the amazing realism of the settings, lights, sound effects, and acting, you get a truly extraordinary performance of breathtaking horror. I would recommend this play to those of you that love that suspenseful, bone-chilling feeling of what is just around the corner….
– Sarah Lambert, Bullitt East High School
Review of Dracula as part of Actors Education’s Young Critics Program

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