Hilda, one of the lesbian prostitute nuns who raised me, was going to name her first son, Igor. I think it was because of the bolt in the side of his neck. But one night, Igor simply up and disappeared among the pages of Hilda’s Child Rearing for Dummies book. Better luck next time, Hilda!
Thankfully, Bob Fisher, the founder and main force behind the brilliant (Chicago based) The Chicago Mammals is much better than Hilda where bringing things, creatively, to life is concerned. The Mammals current production, All Girl Frankenstein, written and directed by Fisher, is a sexually ghoulish, forever entertaining delight.
Featuring one of the best professional casts currently performing, All Girl Frankenstein takes the basic plot of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and mixes it with the sordidly scandalous milieu of her personal life. Thus the Frankenstein matriarch (vibrant Julie Cowden) presented here, with a constant paddle at the ready for punishment purposes, seems to be the feminine personification of Shelley’s sternly loving father, the man who raised her after her mother’s untimely death. Bloody infanticide and sexual energy, also, swirl throughout this production – seemingly keeping time with Shelley’s own free love philosophy and the anguish she felt over the loss of multiple children.
Whether it is the unrequited love that childhood friend Henry Clerval (the scene stealing Erin Elizabeth Orr) has for Victor (the passionate Erin Myers) or the blow job that Clerval offers the Creature (a physically astounding Amy E. Harmon) upon their first meeting, Fisher and crew play, magnificently, between the lines of homosexuality and unique gender play, here, as well.
Always fascinating, this is a production for horror fans, lovers of literature and collectors of unique experiences of every sort.
All Girl Frankenstein runs through November 30th, 2013 at the Zoo Studios, 4001 N. Ravenswood in Chicago. Tickets are $25. Further information can be found at http://www.chicagomammals.com and https://www.facebook.com/chicagomammals.
Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!