Evil Dead: The Musical
The cast is largely returning from last year. Often it's character actors who shine in community theater, but here it's the leads: Ash is played to Dudley Do-Right perfection by the handsome, lantern-jawed Peter Crist, and Stacey Smith, as Cheryl, knows how to sing and look an audience in the eye. I'm not a scholar of the low-budget horror genre, and you don't need to be, but when I saw it last year, I was glad to be sitting next to a couple who were: they extracted an extra percentage of fun out of this production for me by passing on whispered in-jokes and allusions, like what a "Fake Shemp" is.
Language and plot are delightfully unedited for children, the prim, the pious, the intellectually needy, or anyone else in the special-theater-needs department. Evil Dead: The Musical runs Oct. 25, 26, & 31 and Nov. 1 & 2 at Copeland Auditorium in Dexter.
[Originally published in October, 2013.]