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When she’s cast as the “last girl” in a low-budget slasher flick, Sheena thinks it’s the big break she’s been waiting for. But news of the movie unleashes her malingering mother’s thwarted feminist rage, and Mom is prepared to do anything to stop filming…even if it kills her.

 
   
   
  "A horrifying comedy"                                    
 

Directed by:

Gregory Scott Campbell

         

Sound Design:

Aaron Oster

  by Allison Moore

Stage Manager:

Natalie Diener

           

Costume Design:

Alison Johnson

 

Scenic Design:

Dirk Durosette

           

Stage Combat:

Michael Cosenza

 

Lighting Design:

Frank Garcia

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  Philly Premiere
  Oct 22 - Nov 14, 2009 Jen Chris Lee Katy Davy Kelly
  Final Shows!!!! Fellman Fluck Kiszonas O'Leary Raphaely Vrooman
                                               
  THE CRITICS HAVE SPOKEN!!!  
   
  The funny side of horror   Slasher   The Sluttiest Girls Die First  
       
  by Toby Zinman; Philadelphia Inquirer   by Alaina Mabaso; Edge Phila   by Jim Rutter; Broad Street Review  
 

"Screaming. Blood. Impalements. Meat hooks. Electric drills. Objectified sexy women. Crazy mother in wheelchair. Whaddya expect? It's a slasher movie."

 

Luna Theater Company seems to be getting into the habit of the spooky spirit of October. . .

 

....Slasher elicits laughs by intentionally indulging in everything that makes horror films atrociously unentertaining.

 
       
       
       
 

Well, actually, it's Slasher, a play about making a slasher movie, and Allison Moore's "horrifying comedy," which the Luna Theater Company is presenting at the Walnut Street Theatre's Studio 5, clearly struck me as funnier than it struck some others in the audience......We see the movie scenes as they're being shot, with all the not-last girls played by the hilarious Kelly Vrooman, who appears in wig after wig after wig....... Michael Cosenza's amusing fight choreography has to make the fights and tumult look hokey without being hokey.......The set functions as all the locations, and director Gregory Scott Campbell has figured out a way, on the little Studio 5 stage, to shift the focus and still have us believe it every time somebody comes through (uh-oh) one of the many doors...... ( full review)

 

Playwright Allison Moore sets up some hearty themes to knock together: Frances’s self-imposed impotence versus her rabid anger over the objectification of women, and Sheena’s sexual exploitation versus the necessity of supporting her family. Moore hammers home all the contradictions powering the dialogue in a long, angry monologue of Sheena’s, and then feels more free to set the plot loose for a romp of hilarious horror clichés that are practically a spoof of the horror spoof. . . . the script is packed with enough wicked quips and skewers of scary cinema ("Get me a meat hook, the biggest claw-foot bathtub you can find, and a wheelchair") that the ninety-minute run-time wings by . . .( full review)

 

 Sheena’s deformed feminist mother Frances, played by Lee Kiszonas, crawls out of a wheelchair to launch her killing spree. Deaths and near-fatalities are delivered via a drill or a staple gun. True to the genre, the other characters evoke stereotypes— Kelly Vrooman expertly evokes the smarmy viciousness of a religious fanatic— and only one sympathetic woman (endearingly played by Jen Fellman) remains standing at the play’s end. . . . Greg Campbell’s direction soft-shoes the play’s feminist undertones (Frances drags out little more than old tropes about glass ceilings and unequal wages anyway) while keeping the action taut, compelling and above all, riddled with enough humor to make Slasher the most deliciously humorous spoof I’ve seen in some time. . . (full review)

 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
         
     

Click here to listen to REP RADIO Podcast of the Lee Kiszonas/Katy O'Leary interview about the feminist debate in Slasher . .

 
                                               
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