'Frankenstein' tale gets new life
By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter
Just in time for the spookiest month of the year, Dr. Frankenstein will make your heart stop and mind wonder.
This show will be at the Burien Actors Theater through Oct. 25.
In this version of the classic tale, the main character is a woman pursuing a ca- reer in science when it was widely frowned upon.
She lives with her father James, a young- er brother, sister Elizabeth and her husband Henry, and two maids, Justine and Mary.
In this show, Dr. Victoria Frankenstein tries to find the answer to a simple question: Where is the line between life and death?
While she works to answer this, her family struggles to understand her deci- sion to study science at a university.
Their lack of support is fueled by her re- sistance to filling the role of her deceased mother and running the household, as is expected of her.
Then she accidentally creates the Crea- ture, bringing a man back to life. This forc- es her to reconsider the moral integrity of her endeavors.
Dr. Frankenstein premiered in London and this will be its second performance in the United States.
The fluid and engaging script, while por- traying a vivid and enthralling story, draws attention to social issues such as equality, people's fear of what they don't understand, and lack of empathy for differences in oth- er people and unfamiliar circumstances.
Alongside Dr. Frankenstein's journey, the Creature, played by Phillip Keiman, struggles to find a place in the world after being rejected by the doctor.
Keiman captured the innocence, confu- sion and hurt of his character.
It was a seamless performance with ex- cellent attention to detail, especially con- cerning speech patterns and overall move- ment.
The cast seamlessly drew the audience into the world of Dr. Frankenstein with smooth transitions and strong perfor- mances.
Lighting by Rob Falk was timed and ex- ecuted precisely and worked with the set by Albie Clementi to create a believable and tangible setting throughout the perfor- mance.
Sound by Eric Dickman enforced the dynamic and inclusive nature of the per- formance.
Props by Cyndi Baumgardner were well- placed and utilized by the cast throughout the show which gave the set a lived-in feel.
Costumes and Creature makeup by Ro- chelle-Ann Graham strengthened the cred- ibility of the performance.
The cast, under the direction of Beau M.K. Prichard and Highline alum Barba- ra Cawley, includes Skyler Gahley as Dr. Victoria Frankenstein, James Snowden as
her father, and Erin Sullivan as Elizabeth Frankenstein.
Also, Nikolai Mell played Henrey Cler- vall, Kayleah Lewis appeared as Justine Moritz, and Vera Werre portrayed Mary.
The show runs through Oct. 25.
Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Matinees are on Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for general admission, $17 for seniors, $10 for students, and $12 for groups of 10 or more.
The address for the Burien Actors The- ater is 14501 4 Ave. S.W.
For tickets and more information, visit burienactorstheatre.org/.