Left-Handed Darling: Murder in the World of Carnival Sideshows
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Ugly Betty meets The Terminator in this new sci-fi musical by D'Arcy Drollinger (Shit & Champagne, Project: Lohan). When lonely, put-upon secretary Eileen spots an ad for a fully functioning mechanical male companion, she takes her future by the reigns and places an order. Mr. Irresistible soon arrives on her doorstep and, true to fantasy, a romance blossoms. Just one problem: He's not her mail-order groom. He's an exterminator on a service call. Soon the official Acme Brand Mr. Irresistible comes knocking, and the humble exterminator can't compete with the custom-made dream man. But just as Eileen is settling into a state of bliss with her new perfect beau, a coworker she's been complaining about turns up dead, and Eileen becomes suspicious of her robotic Romeo. She contemplates sending him back -- where he'll be disassembled for parts -- but Mr. Irresistible catches on and begins a fight for his life. Will Eileen finally find her voice and learn where true love has been all along? Learn More
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Featured review from JRed Velvet
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It was difficult for me to pay attention during this show. There were parts of it that I enjoyed and found interesting yet other parts that seemed too dialogue heavy. The actress who played the woman without arms was the stand out. I did not care for the delivery of the lead actress who played the little girl. Not sure if that is how she was directed to 'play' the role. Also, the side show leader needed to be creepier. I did find the concept of being an outcast intriguing. There is potential with some of this play. Oh and on a side note, the costume designer did very well with all of the costumes. And so did the person who constructed the puppet head. That was pretty cool.
Quotes & Highlights
“Schoen’s writing is rich and sensual … bawdy freakishness … filled with sideshow characters, and she adds more than one gruesome twist.” —SF Weekly Blog
“Surreal flourishes such as the mysterious puppet entity, Dr Chang, a hauntingly lifelike parasitic twin, Don Seaver’s dissonant soundscape, and a stellar courtroom scene staged by the sideshow performers, create an atmosphere of thoughtful unease that lingers long after the final bow.” —_SF Bay Guardian _
“A psychological tragedy with a tinge of gore, and layers of subtext that stew in the mind long after the spectacle is over… sensational story…strong performances and ornate costumes to rule in Schoen’s extravaganza.” —_The Guardsman _
A Note from Playwright Nikita Schoen:
Thank you for joining us as we step into a different sort of world…
In writing Left-Handed Darling, I got a chance to explore a few areas of history that have always intrigued me, all while adding a murderous twist. The first incarnation of the script was constantly referred to as a kaleidoscopic memory play. It allowed each character to revel in their history, and very raw places of being, while transporting the audience back and forth between Calliope’s realities before and after her life is so irrevocably altered. In the final draft, however, instead of following the thread of gritty violence and exploitation that had inspired the initial script, a personal compassion prevailed, and family tragedy took the more prominent place.
To be different, whether physically or inwardly, in a world that might prefer to compartmentalize and rationalize everything, with neat little labels no less, is an obstacle. To reconcile, to use abnormality as advantage, I believe, is a feat.
My heartfelt thanks to Cameron Eng, Sean Owens and Michelle Talgarow for their assistance in development and belief in me as I wrote my first script, and to the cast for their dedication, not only to the story, but the very words themselves. I’d also love to thank everyone who’s been in on the process from our very first readings.