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Theater Review: 'Silence! The Musical'

20 November 2012 5:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »


Generally, I am not a fan of musicals, on film or stage. Those that I do enjoy rely on farce and/or transgressive themes to keep me entertained. With the recent surge in “horror movies turned musicals,” (i.e. Evil Dead and Re-Animator) the fear is that they will lose their transgressive-ness and novelty. There is no worry of that with Silence! The Musical.

Silence! The Musical is the song-and-dance version of Silence of the Lambs. Following the 1991 film very closely, the play sees FBI trainee Clarice Starling brought in to work with cannibalistic sociopath, Dr. Hannibal Lecter in tracking down psychopath-at-large Buffalo Bill. Sounds like the perfect setting for hilarity, doesn’t it? Well it is. Christine Lakin’s Clarice is dead-on, mastering Jodie Foster’s slurred drawl and wide-eyed faux-naiveté. It would have been funny had it not been so true. Davis Gaines’s Hannibal Lecter has a »

- Alyse Wax

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The Director and Actors of "Gayby" Talk About Unconventional Babymaking

23 April 2012 1:07 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Jenn Harris and Matthew Wilkas in a scene from Gayby.

Gayby was first made as a 12-minute short film by director/writer Jonathan Lisecki. The premise of the short was fairly straight-forward (no pun intended) -- and a tad bit bizarre. Jenn (Jenn Harris) wants to have a baby so she solicits the help of her gay best friend Matt (Matthew Wilkas). He agrees to help, but she wants to conceive without the help of a turkey baster. Yup. You heard that right. She wants to conceive the old fashioned way: sex. Sex with her gay best friend.

After gaining traction at over a hundred film festivals, Lisecki decided to blow it up into a full feature-length film, and with the help of the short's two original stars, the film made its world premiere at this year's South by Southwest film festival in Austin -- and people liked it. They liked it a lot. »

- Dino-Ray

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