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  Frankenstein at A Noise Within


A Noise Within
3352 E Foothill Blvd Pasadena

This electrifying tale of a creature cast away by his creator into a hostile world ó only to wind his way back in a dangerous game of destruction ó has captivated audiences for over 200 years. The gothic story comes to life with Nick Dearís adaptation of the chilling fable by Mary Shelley, animating the themes of social rejection, intellectual hubris, and the nascency of good and evil.

Thru - Sep 6, 2019

Price: $39-$69

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 626-356-3100

A Noise Within Seating Chart

  Frankenstein Reviews
  • Highly Recommended
  • Recommended
  • Somewhat Recommended
  • Not Recommended

Los Angeles Times - Highly Recommended

"...In Michael Manuel's harrowing performance, this Creature has a legitimate grievance against his creator, Victor Frankenstein (Kasey Mahaffy). A nearly silent, impressively choreographed extended opening traces the Creature's "birth" in a state of childlike innocence, and the abuse he endures - first from the fleeing Victor and then from the horrified populace when he ventures into an unfamiliar world."
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Philip Brandes

Broadway World - Somewhat Recommended

"...A misfire, Michetti's production of FRANKENSTEIN is slow and ponderous when it should be thrilling and hair-raising."
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Jonas Schwartz-Owen

Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...British playwright Nick Dear wrote a reasonably authentic adaptation of her short novel in 2011, a version currently on display in an uneven production at A Noise Within. As directed by the veteran Michael Michetti, the productionís dark mood is enhanced by making the Monster (Michael Manuel) the center-piece of the tale. Set in Germany in the early 19th century, young scientist Victor Frankenstein (Kasey Mahaffy), newly married to Elizabeth (Erika Soto), has experimented with crimes against nature by obtaining newly-buried human parts and casually assembling them into an ugly whole, which he then generates into a living thing with the aid of lightning."
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Dale Reynolds

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...Playwright Nick Dear humanizes the monster commonly if incorrectly known as Frankenstein in his 2011 stage adaptation of the Mary Shelley classic, an A Noise Within season opener as compelling as it is unexpectedly poignant."
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Steven Stanley

Hollywood Progressive - Highly Recommended

"...ANW is opening its 2019-2020 repertory season with a, uh, monster hit. Its stage version of Mary's Frankenstein does justice to her romantic vision. One could sum up the quality and power of this rendition by quoting those unforgettable words shrieked by Colin Clive as Victor in 1931's Frankenstein: "IT'S ALIVE!!!""
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Ed Rampell

Culture Spot LA - Highly Recommended

"..."Frankenstein" is one of the best stories ever written, and A Noise Within's production is one of the most electrifying adaptations you'll see. Don't miss it!"
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Julie Riggott

Gia on the Move - Recommended

"...Frankenstein is not only a powerful tale of an abandoned child trying to connect with his father but an indictment of a society that condemns people for their outward appearances, thus creating the very evil that they fear."
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Matt Ritchey

Showmag - Highly Recommended

"...With a sterling cast and ensemble-including Erika Soto performing duel characterizations as Elizabeth and The Female Creature (and whose fluid physical movements are mesmerizing); Bojorn Johnson as M. Frankenstein; and Christian Ganiere as the child, William Frankenstein (trading off performances with Van Brunelle)-as well as an original music composition and sound design by Robert Oriol, this Frankenstein is as much a morality play as it is a horror story, yet one is not inconsistent with the other."
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Ben Miles

Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...So thereís potential here for compelling theater. At A Noise Within, however, Michael Michettiís staging draws its strength from production values, rather than any soulful performance or emotional investiture from the actors. Dominated by Robert Oriolís sound design, itís an impressive spectacle, enshrouding a dry and static drama."
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Deborah Klugman

On Stage and Screen - Somewhat Recommended

"...The Creature is truly the protagonist of this adaptation, with Frankenstein himself not having any real presence until the second half. An extended sequence at the top of the show follows the Creature as he attempts to stand and understand the basic mechanics of human movement. Starting the story at this point is not ideal for momentum, and it takes things a while to progress in a way that feels satisfying. This production, which runs a full two hours without an intermission, would likely benefit from a breather for the audience, particularly because the first showdown between Creature and Creator does not occur until probably an hour in."
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Erin Conley

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