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Groove Theatre Announces Inaugural Production
October 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - October 21, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Playing October 11 through 21 in Cambridge at 447 Race Street, the Groove Theatre Company will host its first theatrical production, “Let the Right One In,” adapted from the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and written for the stage by Jack Thorne. “Let the Right One In” is the coming of age story of Oskar, a social pariah on the verge of puberty living in a shabby, post-divorce apartment with his neglectful mother. His bleak and disillusioned world is enlivened by the entrance of Eli, a girl seemingly of his own age, and the simultaneous arrival of endlessly discussed murders going on in his small, isolated town. None-too-soon is the connection between Eli and the murders made: as a vampire, she needs blood to live.
Eli is nothing like the pop-culture sex icon vampires of “True Blood” and “Twilight” fame – in a twisted visage of Peter Pan, Eli reflects all the restraints that come with never growing up. She is perpetually childlike, with poor hygiene, and for all her worldly wisdom, severely unpracticed at social skills. However, for Oskar, she is effortlessly easy to love.
While the vampire effects of the show may spell out horror (or thriller, for some), the play is scary in more realistic ways. Eli arrives as this otherworldly companion for a bullied boy from a broken home, and somehow is the manifestation of humankind’s base instincts for revenge. The scenes without her, in which Oskar is left alone to the whims of his schoolyard tormentors, are dreadfully tense and painfully relatable, but this is the world the audience arrives in at the start of the show. With the exception of the vampire, the world is painfully realistic – even in Eli and Oskar’s budding relationship. There are no promises of love eternal, only the truth that feelings for Eli may not be in Oskar’s best interest.
“Let the Right One In” contains strong language and bloody/violent special effects. The cast features Markel Williams, MacKenzie Campbell, Brian McGunigle, Mike Sousa, Max Brennan, Joseph Fox, and Bridget Willey. Special effects make up is done by Alana Hurley and Cierra Robinson. Set construction is by Jason Carpenter, Lighting Design by Maurice Evans. Stage management is by Laura Todd and the play is directed by Edwin Talley Wilford. Visit groovetheatre.com for tickets.