HFF18 ‘Dracula’s Taste Test’, reviewed

Hollywood Fringe Festival, Gia On The Move

Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

Nobody does it better.  Makes me feel sad for the rest. Nobody does it…half as good as you.  Baby you’re the best.

Dracula’s Taste Test couldn’t get any Fringier and that’s exactly what we love about it!

Oh why did he agree to do this show?  Everybody’s favorite bloodthirsty Prince of Darkness has awoken after one of his many long slumbers and he’s not exactly into modern pop culture.  But he’s going to give it a try.  Hence, a new and blossoming career as a monster mashup cabaret host.

It’s the 21st century, his coffin has been shipped to his closest living descendant in Glendale, CA, and he has purchased a bar where the permits are still waiting to go through.  To make good on his bookings, the legendary vampire lord is presenting his show at Fringe.

It’s tacky and he’s somewhat reluctant.  But with singular style, a lot of Karaoke, a bit of stand up, and a guest roster of some of history’s most famous miscreations past and present, Quasimoto (Carrie Keranen), Frankenstein’s monster (Bryan Krasner), Creep (Jeff Summer), and a few other very sick and special guests,  there will be lupus naturae, freakish, fun for all.

Note:  All blood sucking will be suspended for the evening so that they can sample you at a later date.  And that’s a promise!

Marz Richards (Dracula) is truly at his finest here as the narcissistic, traditionalist, stalker to exasperated long-dead-love, ghost, Mina Harker (Crystal Keith) who ditches him immediately upon resurrection (again!)for a career in show biz.

Accompanied begrudgingly by a bored Phantom of the Opera, Phantom (Ryan Johnson), it is night to remember albeit a little…icky.  The sing-alongs are infectious (like…we mean the non-life-threatening kind of infectious).

Highly Recommended

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