For a one-joke show, Stray Cat Theatre's "12th Night of the Living Dead" has surprising staying power.
So huzzah to director Cale Epps, a familiar Valley actor making his behind-the-scenes debut. His mostly young cast reflects a range of experience performing the classics, but the archaic language rings true and natural: the first, and always bedeviling, hurdle to making Shakespeare work for contemporary audiences.
Of course, the biggest laughs come thanks to the actor who sacrifices the most for them, that is, all of her lines. As Viola, Valerie Vasilas spends the entire production lurching about the stage in carefully choreographed duets with the humans she wants to eat, all while dripping gore and spittle in an up-close-and-personal version of a bodily function gag from "South Park."
It's a dirty job, but somebody had to do it.
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