Victoriocity: A neo-Victorian detective comedy podcast available for download

Even Greater London, 1887 In this vast metropolis, Inspector Archibald Fleet and journalist Clara Entwhistle investigate a murder, only to find themselves at the centre of a conspiracy of impossible proportions. Inspired by the nineteenth-century sensation novels of Wilkie Collins … Continue reading Victoriocity: A neo-Victorian detective comedy podcast available for download

Creep premieres in Dallas

Alysssa Gardner, Calvin Scott Roberts (front), Janelle Lutz, Seth Womack, and Linda Leonard star in WaterTower Theatre's Creep. Photo by Kelsey Leigh Ervi.
Your skin makes me cry. Alysssa Gardner, Calvin Scott Roberts (front), Janelle Lutz, Seth Womack, and Linda Leonard star in WaterTower Theatre‘s Creep. Photo by Kelsey Leigh Ervi.

The history of Britain is a rich and colourful one full of heroes and villains. One such villain that captures the imagination is none other than Jack the Ripper, and who better to tell his story than the Americans? Continue reading “Creep premieres in Dallas”

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Chapter play

Charleston, SC September 23, 2013 – There’s nothing elementary about Charleston Stage’s upcoming steampunk-inspired production of contemporary playwright, Steven Deitz’s Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. “While we wanted to remain true to the spirit of Arthur Conan Doyle’s original stories, with so many adaptations of Sherlock Holmes about, we decided to take a unique twist on this age old tale,” explained Director Julian Wiles. “Holmes himself looked at the world from an odd and unique angle and we decided to do the same. We found a great start in Steve Deitz’s thrilling recent adaptation, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Winner … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes: The Final Chapter play

Cabaret act spreads the steampunk word

Society once gave artists tacit license to shock the bourgeoisie, hoping that the artists would produce modern masterpieces. These days, with our most prominent politicians, celebrities and athletes — to say nothing of the “real” housewives of various American cities — exploding the boundaries of social acceptability as forcefully as any poète maudit ever did, the Miser has trouble imagining a still-shockable bourgeoisie. The mainstream seems to have put the avant-garde out of business. One novel response, Steampunk, has encouraged artists and thinkers to move forward by going back, resulting in a mash-up of Eisenhower-era sci-fi, Victorian arts and crafts, … Continue reading Cabaret act spreads the steampunk word

Clockwork Professor – Theatre production

In steampunk, everything is familiar but rearranged. The same is true of The Clockwork Professor, a world premiere by Maggie Lee presented by Pork Filled Productions (at Theatre Off Jackson through August 3). The result is a frivolous diversion, making for pleasant, well-meaning entertainment. Lee draws on major steampunk tropes familiar to readers of works such as Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy and Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale. The Clockwork Professor’s world is justified by parallel universes (which inevitably entangle), dominated by a desperate fascist state, and driven by rival engineers who create impossible magical machines. Lee’s flights of fantasy remain … Continue reading Clockwork Professor – Theatre production

The steampunk play that shall not be named

Something wicked this way comes: the Kenilworth Public Library and the Hudson Shakespeare Company present a new twist on “Macbeth,” directed by Noelle Fair. The third and final installment of the “Bard on the Boulevard” series will be presented at the David Brearley High School football field (14th and Boulevard in Kenilworth) on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. In case of excessive rain or heat, the performance will be moved to the library at 548 Boulevard. This revolutionary performance of the “Scottish play” will incorporate the gothic style known as “steampunk:” a fashion and convention staple combining Victorian dress … Continue reading The steampunk play that shall not be named

Sweeney Todd play takes Steampunk twist

SDI is taking a Steampunk style twist on Sondheim’s rare, musical thriller. Sweeney Todd is a suspenseful, and at times humorous telling of the infamous tale of the murderous barber of Fleet Street in London. Sweeney Todd, the unjustly exiled barber, returns to London seeking revenge. His thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers. And he is helped along his murderous way by the opportunistic pie-shop owner downstairs.   There will be a special “Pay What You Can” Performance on Thursday, July 18th at 8:00pm; donations of at least $5 are suggested.   Stage Door Inc. is … Continue reading Sweeney Todd play takes Steampunk twist