Today at The Clinton: Tuesday, Feb 25

Frankenstein: A Cabaret

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Frankenstein: A Cabaret




Much grabs the attention in The Broken Planetarium’s presentation of Frankenstein: A Cabaret even before the show starts. On Thursday night, as I sat waiting for the performance to begin, my eyes darted to and from the bouncing, fleshy, stage-lit cleavage of co-producer and performer Maggie Mascal. I’m alone and avoiding my phone, so I sit awaiting a show about female sexuality feeling equally bashful and mesmerized by the nearly ungovernable — even when lacking lust — pull of very large breasts. She sits on stage and surveys the small crowd during a pre-show talk, ogling us like she’s picking out who to seduce, just short of licking her bright red lips as rosy as her rouged cheeks.

Mascal introduces herself as the captain of this cabaret, which takes place on the top of Mt. Hood in present day and adopts the story of Mary Shelley’s 18th century novel, Frankenstein. It provides a compelling metaphor for the topical script written by Laura Christina Dunn, who also portrays Shelley. Dr. Frankenstein created a monster; female sexuality is encountered as a monster. It instills fear, it is isolated, and hundreds of years after Shelley’s debut, women express shame, confusion and embarrassment about the existence of their sexual drives.

Read the review in its entirety HERE.

Frankenstein: A Cabaret

From the writer and producers of last year’s The Snow Queen, The Broken Planetarium introduces a new allegorical folk opera based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The show takes on contemporary issues of female sexuality and what it means to be an artist, and tells the story through the subversive genre of cabaret. Set in present-day Portland, the story is told through mock documentary, opera-spiced eerie folk music, contemporary dance, and humor in order to convey a redemptive look at what it means to desire and create. (Appropriate for 18+)

Special Admission

$20 General Admission; $15 students/seniors

Purchase tickets in ADVANCE HERE.