So, if Shakespeare hooked up with the writers of Dawn of the Dead …
“The Lord Chamberlain’s Men” tell the tale of a zombie apocalypse with all the Shakespearean trappings (such as a gooey, lovestruck couple, narration, and soliloquies) and tongue-tripping language.
And clogging … and condoms … and a soused, lustful priest … and shotguns … and boxed wine … and a Swashio to get them all through this alive.
While the show certainly has its moments of hilarity, it can also get a little dark, like when Swashio tells his tale of having to shoot his zombified mother. But it also has long stretches where it’s not funny, or dark, or much of anything — just filler dialogue.
More zombie conflict, please.
But the acting is laudable — Swashio by far my favorite — and the anticipation of what crazy might come next helps gets you through those slow parts.
Do keep an ear out for cameos of some of Shakespeare’s most famous lines or references.
You can watch a preview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjjLmUFpWy8
Starring Pat Mullen, Audrey Stonerock, Dave Ruark, and Nathan Thomas. Written and directed by Matt Walls.
- Saturday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Aug. 22, 6 p.m.; Thursday, Aug 23, 9 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug 26, 4:30 p.m.
- The District Theater stage 2