NY Review: 'Bang!: The Curse of John Wilkes Booth
The Drilling Company as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at the Gene Frankel Theatre
Reviewed by Lisa Jo Sagolla
August 13, 2012
Booth's biographical facts are narrated in a stirring prologue, with Baker portraying him as a deranged, hard-drinking old man. Conjuring caricatures of myriad historical figures, Baker then offers the evidence of Booth's later life, fittingly presented in period theatrical fashion through melodramatic acting and illusory magic tricks. Be warned. The theater is as 19th century as the play: It lacks air conditioning.
Presented by the Drilling Company as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at the Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond St., NYC. Aug. 11–25. Remaining performances: Fri., Aug. 17, 7:15 p.m.; Tue., Aug. 21, 5:45 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 22, 2 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 25, 7 p.m. (866) 468-7619 or www.fringenyc.org.
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