I went to this movie not really knowing what to expect. A friend told me it would be worth my time, but I had never heard of it before and knew nothing about it, only that it would have a shadow cast. Yeah, well, I had one of the best nights in recent memory.
The pre-show was something I never expected, a mini-drama that was a take on a Shakespeare, and something I rather enjoyed. The show itself was awesome. Imagine yourself at a party with 100 of your closest friends when someone decides to rent a movie, a comedy/drama troop and a movie theater. That was kind of what this was like. A shadow-casted film is your chance to yell like you have always wanted to. From the cries of agony when the "Twisted Pictures" logo-clip appeared, which consists of a nail being wrapped by barbed wire, to the witty and sarcastic pop-culture references, to some even greater moments of hilarity I, as well as my friend, found our selves reeling with laughter.
The cast was great, well rehearsed, devoted to putting on a great show and to having a good time, all of which are crucial to a good performance. They were almost completely in sync with their big-screen counter parts, down to their every move and twitch. The directing was good, and seemed to meet the challenge of blocking for a very complicated show rather well (unlike much of Rocky Horror, Repo has very dynamic cinematography which makes the transition from a 3D original to a mostly 2D stage a nightmare).
The tech was also not too shabby. Costuming was good, right down to the Repo man's mask. Props were nicely selected/made, including even a theatrical knife with blood. The Set worked well for the most part, though some of the scene changes looked painful in a somewhat cramped area. I think they brought they're own stage too, which is a must have for a shadow cast.
On the whole I went looking for a good time and boy did I find one. I have already recommended it to several friends and look forward to the next show. I really hope this evolves into a Tucson classic. Mongo props and thanks to the cast and all involved!!!!!
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