Die, Zomie. Die! is a zombie comedy of epic proportions. The world is in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s and following World War II a peace has settled between the living and the undead. A zombie civil rights act has been pushed through and zombie’s are now starting to be treated as equals, but not everyone is happy about this… someone is killing the undead and making sure that they stay dead!
Should you see it?
This play borders on ridiculous at many points. Its set up as a pulpy serial that plays before a main feature at the movie theatre, as was common in the 1940’s & 1950’s. And pulpy it is. This play thrives on its cheesy one-liners, fluid double entendres and repetition to the point of exacerbation. The play knows that it’s not supposed to take itself seriously, and so it doesn’t, which is all the more to the audiences enjoyment. However, it really does almost border on the edge of having too many entendres or repetitious moments, and offensive moments at times.
This show has something like a 16 person cast, and it is fluid, which is hard to believe, but each and every cast member knows where and when they are supposed to be there, and move in synchronized timing to each other. All of the cast stay in character at all times, even during scene changes. There aren’t many technical difficulties, and even those that do happen are covered extremely well.
In one scene a character change happens simply by putting on a fake mustache and the main character tells him that he looks similar to the last guy he was talking to. The reply is: “no. I have a mustache.” And exactly at that moment the mustache accidently fell off of the character. Unplanned. Out of place. But by far the funniest moment of the play, and the improvised banter made the scene all the more funny.
Where this play is its strongest is actually in little “commercial” breaks that it has, with an announcer calling out a zombie and telling them how they can better themselves. They were brilliant and by far the funniest part of this play.
Die, Zombie. Die! is a treat for any Fringe goer!
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Tell me in the comments below.
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