Gratuitous Gore Mixes With Humor in the Slasher XX PlayLab: HOOKMAN
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Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, the creators of the Tony Award-winning musical Assassins, turn their attention to the westernization of Japan. This challenging period in Japanese history is told through the story of two friends caught in the inevitable winds of change. Mixing elements of Kabuki theater with the conventions of the Broadway musical, this is one of Sondheim's lesser known works, and a chance to see it performed is a treat. Pacific Overtures is a featured event of the Boston University College of Fine Arts Keyword Initiative, now in its third year. Learn More
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I think the play was trying to tell a serious story about the death of a friend using today's college scene as a backdrop and the Hookman as a metaphor, but it never really tied anything together. A lot of the characters come across like characters in a situation comedy, and even if the playwright meant to do that as some sort of statement, it really didn't work and the comedy came across as stupid and flat, although some of the writing was clever. Also, the splatter zone wasn't necessary because the blood and gore isn't that big of a deal, and the parts that are meant to be gross and outrageous are pretty lame.
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The nice balance of horror and comedy helps you to get deep into the mind of a young girl as she tries to cope with the reality of how her best friend died. The production values and acting were of high quality and I thoroughly enjoyed the show.
Hookman is part of XX PLAYLAB, a program developed by the Boston Center for the Arts and Company One that fulfills an urgent need in the theatre community by supporting female playwrights in the development and production of new scripts.
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