Tales from the Darkside: Season 2, Episode 14

Dream Girl (19 Jan. 1986)

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A theatrical director finds herself trapped along with her colleagues in a dreamlike world created by a stagehand.



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Episode cast overview:
Andrea Caldwell / Director
Syd Grossinger
Otto Schrog
Shannon Kriska ...
Dawson Mays ...
Joe D'Amico
Catherine Battistone ...
Person on Telephone (voice)
Paul Sparer ...
Narrator (voice)


A theatrical director finds herself trapped along with her colleagues in a dreamlike world created by a stagehand.

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Tales from the Darkside--Dream Girl
28 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think in the case of "Dream Girl" that there's this concept that looks clever and inventive on paper, concerning the members of a stage play (director, writer, leading actress, member of the crew) disappearing into the dreams of the janitor and at the mercy of his own stories, but doesn't quite succeed due to budget and overall execution of the material. I just never felt it works although intentions were for the best. It is certainly an odd duck, with Carolyn Seymore stuck in a "slutty European waitress" outfit and curly wig a lot of the time, having to wait on "twerp" Otto (Lou Cutell) and Shannon Kriska's fantasy girl Otto has on his arm (against her will, of course). Jon Cedar is hassled by Otto because his writer, Syd Grossinger insulted the janitor (telling him he would never amount to nothing) so he is belittled with subservient dream roles. Dawson Mays rounds out the cast as a crew member who once worked on a cruise line and was responsible for Otto's current unflattering janitorial gig. When Carolyn is added to the dream group, the strength in numbers threatens Otto's "stage plays", undermining all he has accomplished through their mistreatment in his make believe dream-world. While watching it, I admired the attempt but thought the budget was just too poor to truly give the idea the ultimate support it needed to work. The title of the episode says it all really in that it doesn't even describe the story told, and the use of foggy wind to describe Otto's power over his cast (it tells us that he's taking control of, or attempting to stop, the characters in his dreams) is laughable. Perhaps that was the intent. What really left me rather wanting was Carolyn's discovery that her and the cast could rattle awake Otto and escape his dreams once his sleep (absent dreams) didn't involve them...rather limp way of letting them escape their predicament. But their reason for even being in this predicament is never explained that well. Just a rather baffling, daft episode of Tales from the Darkside.

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