Friday, August 13, 2010

Evil Dead: The Musical - The humor in horror

Jay Handelman
As the title "Evil Dead: The Musical" not-so-subtly suggests, audiences should not expect anything remotely serious in the show that opens Friday night at the Venice Theatre Cabaret.

After all, "it doesn't take itself seriously at all," said director Allan Kollar. "It also is one of the funniest shows I've ever been involved with. The music is wonderful, sort of campy and over the top, like most bad horror films.

The musical is inspired by a series of "Evil Dead" movies, originally directed by Sam Raimi, that starred Bruce Campbell, now a fixture on the USA series "Burn Notice." Raimi went on to direct three "Spider-Man" films.


"Evil Dead: The Musical" opens at 8 p.m. Friday and continues through Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. Tues.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Pinkerton Theatre at the Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. Tickets are $24, $12 for students. 488-1115;

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