Highly suggested: watch a Stanley Kubrick film marathon and then go to Kubrilesque, a mash-up his movies, which include The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, and Eyes Wide Shut. But you’ll want to keep yours wide open at this rock musical send-up of Kubrick that has electronica-tinged renditions of some of his theme songs along with original music by Mentally Restarted. Written, directed, and choreographed by Crystal Swarovrski, of Washington, D.C., the show first appeared at the Prague Fringe Festival.
The somewhat confusing plot has laconic screenwriter Jack Gertraud (played by Neil Freuen) writing and casting a burlesque production (also called Kubrilesque), while a cabal of dancing Kubrick devotees including the sinister droogs (friends) from A Clockwork Orange is determined to thwart him. Of course “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” but that is soon to be remedied.
Kubrilesque gets a rave review for the pure number, variety and fit of the costumes. For example, after they doff ape suits from 2001: A Space Odyssey we see six ballerinas perform a synchronized swim routine in patriotic bathing suits and old-school bathing caps. This was a charming bit of physical theater that reminded me of the old Ed Sullivan programs. Also fun to watch is a pair of maids mirroring each other through an empty wardrobe rack. They have a message from The Shining painted on their torsos when they do the big reveal. And Scarlett Letter is not to be missed because her red hair somehow makes her dancing seem demure. It is clear from the ensemble numbers that a whole lot of rehearsal went into this production. The dancers, who all have stage names, are nationally and internationally known.
Running Time: 75 minutes.
Read 2013 Capital Fringe Show Preview: ‘Kubrilesque’ by Crystal Swarovski (Director).