REVIEW: FRANKENSTEIN UPSTAIRS

Ignoring all of its other virtues, Mac Rogers’ play Frankenstein Upstairs certainly deserves special commendation for including such an intriguing program note: Frankenstein Upstairs is set in Brooklyn in the present day.  As the action takes place in the same fictional universe as Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the novel and its adaptations do not exist […]

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FRANKENSTEIN UPSTAIRS PRE-GAME: UNIVERSAL ROBOTS

This week I will be reviewing Mac Rogers’ play Frankenstein Upstairs, which according to the press materials transplants the Frankenstein story into a contemporary Brooklyn apartment building.  As the title suggests, the main characters are Dr. Frankenstein’s downstairs neighbors.  This crafty slant doesn’t come as much of a surprise to me; I’ve been covering Rogers’ […]

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REVIEW: Upstream Color

Upstream Color is an undulating  new tangle of a film by writer/director/actor/composer/editor/sound editor Shane Carruth, who earned a lot of well-deserved good will with his previous effort, the inside-out time travel story Primer. In terms of scope and subject matter, Upstream Color can function as a kind of secular answer to writer/director Terrence Malick’s deeply religious The Tree of Life.  Where Malick pulled the camera way back in time and […]

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