Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
There’s a strong, but mostly unrealized, concept at the heart of this zombie tale performed by a large local cast: make the audience believe the theatre is under attack by legions of the undead.
You hear the hideous creatures pounding on the venue doors, snarling in a ravenous frenzy. You see the cast dwindle as members succumb one by one. Eventually the power goes out, leaving the show effectively lit by a flashlight.
But Alberta playwrights David Gabert and Collin Sylke (the latter also directs) fail to grasp that if you play horror straight, the audience has to engage with strongly developed characters and the pacing shouldn’t be saggy. The overlong 70-minute script reduces characters to superficial types and spends far too much time restating: “If we go out there, they will attack us!” Add to that some amateurish performances, speeches in which ordinary people use terms like “unrelenting,” and sightline problems with action at the venue doorways, and Cursed inflicts no more than a gummy bite.
— Alison Mayes
Director: Collin Sylke
Cast: Morwenna Trevenen, Kyle Collins, Seamus Easton, Ashley Burdett, Mike Trakalo, Allison Cavers, Barbra Santiago, Jared Thompson, Jenna Hill, Dave Goertzen, Jessie Dunn, Drew Johnson, Leah Goertzen
Cursed is a horror-comedy that explores the human condition when confronted with a life or death scenario. The show follows a group of people who are faced with an unlikely illness that could cause the death and destruction of everyone and everything they know.
What happens to the bonds between people when they are faced with life or death? Will people come together, or do what is best solely for themselves?
Audience Classification: Mature
Length: 75 mins.
Door Discount: $8 for Weekday Matinee, At the Door
Warnings: Graphic Content, Gunshots, Coarse Language, Violent Content
Updated on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 5:03 PM CDT: