A hazy fog descends upon the audience as we take our seats. Africa by Toto is playing over the speakers. As the lights dim, a figure creeps behind the audience seats ready to storm the stage. The mood is set - we’re in for a night of spooky happenings set to the soundtrack of 80s pop hits as STRANGEST THINGS! THE MUSICAL parodies the uber-popular Netflix hit.
Random Acts’ Takes On Sci-Fi Horror
Nothing interesting ever happens in a small town, right? In the Netflix television series, Stranger Things, everything that could go wrong does. When a lab experiment goes awry, a portal to another dimension is opened. Existing parallel to our own world, this dimension is filled with darkness and other horrors, like an unidentifiable monster.
With a penchant for kidnapping, the monsters steals the unseen Will into this other dimension. In order to find him, his friends partner up with a strange girl named Eleven and his mom enlists the help of Sheriff Hopper. They all go on their missions to figure out this mystery, get Will back, and sing parodies of classic 80s karaoke hits along the way.
STRANGEST THINGS! Picks Up On The Little Details
The best parodies pick up on all the little details in their subject matter, highlight those little details to the highest degree, and don’t take themselves or their content too seriously. Random Acts does all of these things with STRANGEST THINGS!
It hits on all the major plot points of the eight episode television series and draws attention to all the notable details. We get the infamous wall of lights, the over-the-top evil scientist, Steve’s great hair, and of course, Barb. While some moments of STRANGEST THINGS! seem to drag, Random Acts does capture the suspense of this thriller while keeping the mood light with it’s comedic bits.
Random Acts cleverly exploits everyone’s love for the show’s scene stealer, Barb, played by Christian Siebert. Siebert is as much a scene stealer as Barb is, glasses, awkwardness and all. Alexandra Alontaga playing Eleven also has her shining moment where she sings a ballad for her one true love - Eggos.
Mary LeCaptain playing Will’s mother, Juice, is also a comedic masterpiece onstage. LeCaptain has strong vocal abilities and plays Juice with as much frantic energy as Winona Ryder. Her chemistry with Sheriff Hopper, played by Kevin O’Connell, is fun to watch as they allude to their mysterious backstory while also keeping each other from falling into flashbacks.
While extensive knowledge of the show isn't necessary, it does help to know it's basic premise. If you have a general sense of what everyone loves about the original show, you’ll most likely enjoy STRANGEST THINGS! THE MUSICAL. Plus, their soundtrack is pretty killer!
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