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|This is a VERY physical play! I think all the actors had several bruises... Image found here|
The play is broken down into many parts, each with a little mini-story (some of them do come full circle at the end, though). They are a mix of history and sci-fi, taking us from the late 1800's to today. For example, "The Devil of Two Cities" part clearly is in reference to the Dickens story; the two cities are London and Chicago, and a female Detective Holmes chases a bad guy across the Atlantic to discover he is Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. I loved seeing all of these famous characters in new stories: the Bride of Frankenstein is a burlesque dancer and a WWE-like fighter; the Three Musketeers include Zorro, the Lone Ranger, and a wanna-be John Wayne cowboy; Tarzan meets King Kong while James Bond falls for a female Indiana Jones; a "Wolfside Story" pits teenage vampires and werewolves against each other à la Grease or Thriller, and of course lots of knock-off superheros were involved; Agent J from Men in Black made an appearance (or was it Neo from The Matrix?), as did Dr. Who's TARDIS, the birds from The Birds, and Nancy Drew herself. The cast took well-known characters and stories and made them their own! How cool is that?!
|Superman had a "P" on his chest, but I never figured out why... Image found here|
The only things I didn't like were quite minor, and some could hardly be controlled. The guns used in plays are so loud and startling, so I never like those. And I think in one of the skits that was supposed to take place in 1968, there was a voicemail played; voicemail wasn't invented until 1979. One of the cast members had a horrible dragon/double helix tattoo across his back, so that was very distracting every time he had his shirt off (which was often, because he's a big, buff guy); the bad fake facial hair used for some costumes also detracted from the play. But all of this must be taken with a grain of salt, since this is a small, rather new theater company, and in the grand scheme of things for such a fun, imaginative production, these blips don't really mean much. I was overall so impressed that I joined the Flying V Fan League! I can't wait to see the next show!
Here's a review from DC Metro Theater Arts: http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2017/06/13/review-flying-v-fights-secret-history-unknown-world-flying-v-theatre/