Review On Nick Dear's Frankenstein | California Premiere


Leigh Kennicott

Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic


Onstage for a short run at A Noise Within, Frankenstein helmed by Michael Michetti, features an astounding, sympathetic performance by Michael Manuel as the creature. Michetti and his team constructs a visual and aural extravaganza feature dream sequences and impressionistic flash-backs to dramatize the story.  From the opening dumb show as the creature learns to walk and operate his unusable arm (thanks to movement director, Rhonda Kohl) to the more devastating vignettes as the creature becomes the monster (dramatized with original music by Robert Oriol), the spectacle engages our senses. ANW’s impeccable production no doubt deserves a longer run.

Leigh Kennicott
Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.