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Talking Frankenstein

October 21st, 2021

“You’re going to see and feel the essence of who this man was.”  

– Director Art DeConciliis discussing Prime Stage’s upcoming production of Karloff: The Man and the Monster.

In an earlier post, I mentioned how actor Boris Karloff—the man who gave us cinema’s iconic performance as the Frankenstein creature—worked for years as a baggage handler, ditch digger, and delivery man before getting his big break in James Whale’s film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel. And earlier this month, Prime Stage Theatre offered more insights into the actor’s life and career in a virtual conversation titled Beyond Imagination. Folks who logged into that live discussion got to take part in a deep dive into the lives of both Karloff and Shelley. But those who missed the virtual event can still … [read more at The 21st Century Scop.]

A Trap Full of Monsters:
Responses to Last Week’s Mystery

October 14th, 2021

“Well then, I suppose that leaves us no choice but to enter through the devil’s door.” — August LaFleur, “A Trap Full of Monsters,” Act I

Since our previous episode of Prime Stage Mystery Theatre concluded with August LaFleur suggesting that the only way into the New Towne Theatre is through something he called a “devil’s door,” we posed the question: What is a devil’s door and how might it  … [read more at The 21st Century Scop].

The Enduring Influence of Ambrose Bierce

October 10th, 2021

Earlier this year, after turning in the manuscript for a new collection of Ambrose Bierce stories, I was watching The Criterion Channel and engaging in an activity that screenwriter Josh Olson calls “eating your vegetables.” In other words, I was finally watching some of those classic movies I’d heard about but … [read more at The 21st Century Scop].

A Trap Full of Monsters:
The Return of Prime Stage Mystery Theatre

October 7th, 2021

“It is of the highest importance in the art of detection to be able to recognize out of a number of facts which are incidental and which are vital.”

The above advice comes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes and the father of modern detective fiction. And it will be good advice to keep in mind as Prime Stage Mystery Theatre launches its third season today (Tuesday, October 7) with an all-new five-part mystery titled “A Trap Full of Monsters” … [read more at The 21st Century Scop.]