Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Sunday, 30 October 2011 08:57

Zombies RULE! in 'Night of the Living Dead'

Written by Laura Kyro
Rate this item
(2 votes)

The Details

The moaning. The shambling, The insistent scratching. The mindless shuffling. The various states of decomposition. The blood. The lust to eat human flesh. Well, if not for the last two, we might well be watching a session of Congress. But no, instead we’re at 426 Crestwood Court watching Marble Stage Theatre’s presentation of the play Night of the Living Dead, the last offering in their 7th theatrical season.

I believe this play's original script (by Lori Allen Ohm, uncredited in the program) is supposed to have been based on 1968 and 1990 movies of the same name, although as I’ve not seen either one, I can’t say how faithful the adaptation is. The premise is a simple one; radiation from a returned Venus probe animates the dead world-wide, who become flesh-eating zombies. The first to succumb during a visit to a cemetery is Johnny (Daniel Sukup, who also doubled as a reporter), causing his sister Barbara (Lauren Keck) to flee to a nearby farmhouse and enter a shock-induced, unresponsive state. In the home already is Ben (D Conrad Burk). Hiding in the home’s cellar is a family (Grant Neimeyer, Tina Risse, Jamie Hartman, Kelsey Raidt) whose daughter was previously attacked and is already heading toward her own zombiness.

Over the play’s 55 minutes (no intermission), the action becomes quickly repetitive: attempt at barricading, inevitable attack, update on scale of global apocalypse, discord over what to do, stupid decision leading to death, screams, and outside, the zombies with their endless shuffling, flesh eating, moaning, and scrabbling to kill. As a pre-halloween offering, it’s more than appropriate for those wishing something literally and creatively mindless, WITH ZOMBIES!

Director Colleen Forrest had limited possibilities as to staging, but made an interesting decision to put half of the audience right in the middle of the action. Making the house “walls” transparent, allowed constant viewing of the zombies shambling around the home. Unfortunately, the director was forced to stage the play’s “cellar” location on a platform higher than the floor-level set, so that was extremely confusing for a while. She cautioned before the show about the possible spritzing of “blood” but, from what I could see, the audience remained unsoiled.

For an opening night offering, the lines, acting, and action were rough, but hopefully that will smooth out for the remaining performances. The show ended with an extended dance of Michael Jackson’s title track to his “Thriller” album, which went on a tad too long.

For information on Marble Stage Theatre’s next theatrical season, catch their website at http://www.marblestage.org.

Additional Info

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

Local Artist Spotlight


Karate Bikini - A Simpler Sugar

Wed November 26
Karate Bikini is an eight piece ensemble who's members hail from St. Louis and the metro area. They are a large band with a large sound. Their latest album A Simpler Sugar is full of upbeat pop songs,…

KDHX Recommends

January
Saturday
17

Recording Clinic with Patrick Crecelius

KDHX is proud to host a DIY mixing workshop for musicians at The Stage at KDHX. The clinic will be taught by Patrick Crecelius of Cedar Box Studio. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, his credits include such local artists as Ryan...


January
Sunday
18

88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round Welcomes The Boogers

The Boogers are the brainchild of Dr. Paul Crowe. Fatherhood, a PhD in Developmental Psychology, and 20 years of sloggin' it in wretched clubs as a punk rocker - even opening for Dee Dee Ramone and Marky Ramone - formed Paul's...


February
Sunday
01

Discovery Series

The Discovery Series, a 10-event series spanning February to June, 2015, will not only bring you new music, but also music-focused interactive sessions that take a look at how music plays a role in our society. Each month the...


Get Answers!

If you have questions or need to contact KDHX, visit our answers portal at answers.kdhx.org.

Online Users

2 users and 14094 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook