10/31/2020     THINGS THAT GO BUMP ON LINE                       OnStage Atlanta
           

A BAG FULL OF YUMMY GOODNESS

OnStage Atlanta traditionally celebrates Halloween with a Candy-Bag full of short pieces of ghoulish suspense and ghostly glee.  Never an organization to be beaten by a mere pandemic and quarantine, they have chosen his year to bring their Things That Go Bump in the Night on-line, to our computers, to our phones, and most assuredly in our faces.

 

Shepherded by Daniel and Kate Guyton (Bias Alert – Two of my favorite people), this is a menu of 16 short pieces, squeezed into a less-than-two-hour span of our lives.  Rather than do a detailed analysis of each and every one, let me just say that the total effect was of wicked glee and campfire-story goosebumps.  Best NOT to watch these alone and in the dark with maybe a flickering candle at your side.  Your favorite spirits are optional.  And may be drop-in guests.

 

Led off by a spritely acoustic rendition of CCR’s “Bad Moon Rising,” the skits and sketches and vignettes follow quickly upon each other, none overstaying its welcome, some even ending too soon (I’m looking at YOU, “Drawing for Dad”!).   My favorites had to be Sorsha Masters’ elegant ballet to Poe’s “Annabel Lee,” the surprising humor of G.M. Lupo’s “Sinister Caller,” and the gradual creepiness and overall effect of Dierdre Girard’s “The Night Visitor,” one of the few with an actual happy (ish) ending.

 

Still, just to give kudos where kudos are due, here is the entire Bill o’ Fare, in order of broadcast:

 

BAD MOON RISING by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Performed by Linda Marie Johnson

 

THE VANISHING TEXTER by Peter Dakutis
Directed by Dave Coonan
Starring Mike Pagano, Bruce Liby, Coleen Comerford, and Amy Coonan

 

DRAWING FOR DAD by Evan Baughfman
Directed by Daniel Guyton
Starring William Thurmond & Lucy Thurmond

 

WAYLAND NOCTURNE by Donald Loftus
Directed by Scott Rousseau
Starring Scott Starkweather & Jeremy Reid

 

PROGRAMMING (T)ERROR by John Busser
Directed by Melissa Simmons
Starring Avery Rabbitt

 

SALEM 1692: TITUBA SPEAKS by Sylvia Davenport-Veith
Directed by Sylvia Davenport-Veith
Starring Marita McKee

 

THE BEST AUDITION E-VER! by Daniel Guyton
Directed by Daniel Guyton
Starring Jessica Wise & Jerry Jobe

 

ANNABEL LEE by Edgar Allan Poe
Dance by Sorsha Masters
Starring Sorsha Masters & Alan Mark Whitworth

 

SCARY LARRY by Evan Baughfman
Directed by Barbara Burgess-Lefebvre
(adapted from "Scary Larry" by Evan Baughfman. Story published in GRUESOME GAMES from Thurston Howl Publications)
Starring Johnna Lefebvre, Bennett Lefebvre & Jack Lefebvre

 

THE NIGHT VISITOR by Dierdre Girard
Directed by Shatarupa "Shorty" Bhattacharyya
Starring Shatarupa "Shorty" Bhattacharyya & Matuli Madhusmita

 

SINISTER CALLER by GM Lupo
Directed by GM Lupo
Starring Bryn Striepe & GM Lupo

 

BODY LANGUAGE by Rita Anderson
Directed by Madison Montgomery
Starring Tina Neese

 

THE POSSETHSION by Ron Burch
Directed by Taryn Carmona
Starring Bria Washington, Robby Owenby & Dalyla McGee

 

WHISPERING TO THE DEAD by Deirdre Girard
Directed by Myrna Feldman
Starring Phil Keeling & Emily Stockton​

GROWTH MEASURES by Emily McClain
Directed by DeWayne Morgan
Starring Bobbie Elzey & Amanda Cucher

​SKULLDUGGERY by Donna Latham
Directed by James Weippert
Starring Armand Lane & J. Michael Carroll

 

True I didn’t LOVE all of them.  But I LOVED most, and LIKED the rest, cherishing the overall campfire-story ethos created by so many creative people, gathered together to scare the Bejeebers out of me.  It makes me feel almost guilty for what I did to all those lousy kids who vandalized my Halloween decorations and kept banging on my door for candy.  I have to cut this short, because I have to do a lot of cooking and freezing before, well, before the meat goes bad.  MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

 

     -- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com   @bk_rudy    #OSA  #ThingsThatGoBump)

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