It is Halloween season and here is a staging of one of the classic monster stories. This production isn't a rehash of Boris Karloff's Universal Studios version, but a direct adaptation of Mary Shelley's Gothic novel for the stage. Victor Gialanella, the playwright, first brought this version to Broadway in 1981 and his adaptation of this classic tale of horror and suspense details the ill-fated experiments of Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to fathom the secrets of life and death. Purchasing cadavers from unsavoury grave robbers, he gives life to a creature which is both powerful and terrifying, yet touchingly innocent... but there is a high price to be paid for attempting to play God.
Reviews of the play
"At its core, FRANKENSTEIN has never been horror, but Shakespearian tragedy - the man who knows too much and has too few ethics, the being with too little knowledge but gargantuan feelings without the words to convey them, and the people around them forced to suffer from their poor choices. It's a tale more unsettling than anything else, and... feeling unsettled may be the scariest feeling of all. If you can leave this production of FRANKENSTEIN without having questions in your mind about humanity and responsibility, you haven't been paying attention. FRANKENSTEIN, like Halloween itself, is much more than thrills and chills. See this production, and face your fears." Marakay Rogers, Broadway World 2017.
"Gialanella, just like Shelley, makes Frankenstein's creation the character with the most layers and growth... it's hard to believe that you can actually feel compassion for someone who kills, yet...it's easy to feel a deep sympathy for this lost soul who didn't ask to be born." Gil Benbrook, talkinbroadway.com
In line with our EDI policy, we undertake an EDI impact assessment of all our artistic programming. 'Frankenstein' by Victor Gialanella has no specific diversity message within its narrative. The play can be cast with complete neutrality on gender and race/ethnicity.