Audience: Josh Ritz
This portrayal of God drips with such sincerity it is difficult not to be won over. Utilizing immersive, freeform staging, Erik Blair creates an engaging presence that is authoritative yet engaging, and warm enough never to feel commanding. I saw the show twice, and made different choices that always me to experience the show differently. Each actor has their own special moment, and shines when the spotlight is on them.
I came in a skeptic, and left really impressed with what the Director and his cast were able to create. While promoting itself simply as a rock n roll werewolf musical, the show tackles some surprisingly dark, complex subject matter, and while it has some of the tropes of a morality story, by the end things are not nearly so black and white. The writing is good too, the dialogue felt real and natural, and timing between comedic and serious lines worked well. At one point, the audience laughed when a character gave a funny line and then silenced when he did something appalling moments later. The music was good and catchy, there are a few that stood out in particular and one I'm still humming to myself 3 days laters. The actors were all on point, had great voices and played their parts very well. Very effective use of otherwise limited staging (a subtle joke with one of the backdrops had me laughing in the opening number). Despite running just shy of 90 minutes, the show moved very quickly, and I was surprised 90 minutes had gone when it was done. The only problem with the show I saw was a minor sound issue during previews that will be easily fixable for the opening night. Overall, I enjoyed it greatly and would hope to see it again if it goes beyond Fringe.