This “live action silent film” called The Beast, The Lady and the Sanguine Man uses the features of the main-stage at Theater on the Square quite nicely. The stage is mostly bare. Above the actors’ heads, the projector plays the movie reel from the silent film, providing all of the dialogue for the play. True to the genre, our actors melodramatically stage every gesture and lip sync every line.
The show is produced by No Exit Performance, a regular in the Indy performance scene. No Exit is a “body of multidisciplinary artists who create and present innovative performance experiences within diverse spaces.” Led by Lukas Schooler, the company regularly performs unique shows in one of a kind venues. Earlier this year they hosted a multiple course, live performance at Mesh restaurant for Valentine’s Day. Some of you may be familiar with Herr Drosselmeyer, a charmingly boorish holiday character and star of his own holiday special. With these kinds of kindred values, it’s no surprise that we regularly see No Exit Performance involved in the Indy Fringe Festival.
Fringe shows are meant to be brief, unique experiences. The Beast, The Lady and The Sanguine Man is just such a gem. The simple, Tim Burton-esque set pieces, combined with excellent gray-scale costumes and make-up creates the perfect atmosphere to honor the vintage flair of an old silent film. Happily, the script is modern, with clever references to current representations of vampires and werewolves. An excellent soundtrack rounds out the performance, drawing you in to the harrowing adventures of dear Alma, our heroine.
The Beast, The Lady and The Sanguine Man is a delight to watch with great style and plenty of laughs. Do yourself a favor and buy a ticket for the next show now!