Reclusive, book-obsessed Bobbi is forced to face her zombie-filled nightmares when she leaves home for college.
Should you see it?
The Can Opener sounds like a wining idea on paper; a super short horror musical, billed as a Dr. Seuss-style farce. However, it fails to live up to its potential in execution.
Most of the actors didn’t seem to fully committed to the farce, with the exception of Rose Marie Rupley as Bobbi’s mother. She succeeds both a nice voice and comedic timing. Meghan Pulles Cavanaugh and Andrew Blair are also fun as two zombies who spend most of their time taunting Bobbi in her dreams. Overall, however, the acting was flat. When Bobbi considers the fact that college means she might have to leave her secret boyfriend, Apollo, I wasn’t invested because there was no chemistry between the actors.
Despite some clever lines within the musical numbers, the writing was mostly expository, with many instances of newspapers being read out loud. The Can Opener clocks in at around 40 minutes, but felt much longer because of the slow pace. It takes an eternity to get Bobbi to college, and we don’t spend much time with her once she is there.
Sharon Lam as Bobbi has a lovely voice, but most of the musical numbers require her to sing at the very top of her range. Since her voice is rather quiet, many of the lyrics don’t make it to the audience. It didn’t help that the musical accompaniment was cranked up too high.
The melodies are catchy, though. I saw The Can Opener almost two days ago and many of its tunes are still stuck in my head. There are also laughs that arise from the exasperation of Bobbi’s parents. However, there’s not much actual horror in The Can Opener, and it seems to be missing a little spring in its step among all the whimsy.
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