INTERN’S VIEW: Burien Little Theatre’s ‘Zombie’ Is Extremely Disturbing

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by Philip Benais

Zombie; Directed By Maggie Larrick: Starring Zacharia Robinson. Written By Bill Connington.

Let me just say this right now; Zombie at Burien Little Theatre is extremely disturbing. I walked in expecting a traditional zombie tale and what I got was a brooding, morose character study of a terrifying serial killer. Everything in this one act play rested on Zachariah Robinson’s performance as Quentin P, the aforementioned sociopath. The level of commitment necessary to undertake such a role must have been monumental and I deeply respect Mr. Robinson for turning out a performance that had eerie echoes of Arthur Gary Bishop if played by Daniel Day Lewis, and a higher compliment I don’t believe is possible.

The story of Zombie follows convicted child molester Quentin P, as he describes to the audience his demented attempts to make a ‘zombie’, that is a love slave that would obey his every command. He accounts every part of what led up to him being the murderer he became, including bullying at school, exclusion, loneliness and ultimately a twisted revelation that he needed to lobotomize young children in order to be his companion. Through gruesome detail, we learn everything. No expense is spared for decencies sake or political correctness; this is as close to a serial killer as a theatrical production I’ve seen has come to, and through the veneer I had of disgust and horror, somewhere I knew that I was watching a master at work.

Indeed, Zombie has more suspense and frights than most big budget horror films these days because of one factor; tension. When you see Zombie, the tension in the room is palpable, especially during Quentin P’s crazier bits. Even if the writing can be a little repetitious at times, all those minor complaints are made up by the fact that Zachariah Robinson’s performance will have you on the edge of your seat. This isn’t a one dimensional monster we’re talking about; Quentin P. is a seriously disturbed man who at times even tries to reason with the audience that he’s not the sadist we think him to be, but simply misunderstood. It’s downright brilliant, and everyone involved should give themselves a pat on the back knowing that they managed to scare even this tough as nails reviewer.

By now, you’ll have guessed that you absolutely MUST see this play before it ends. If you want a wonderful if at times faulted script coupled with a breathtaking performance, accept no substitute and pay your respects to this wonderful production.

Tickets are just $10, and can be purchased online here.

There are only two performances left, so you’d better act fast:

  • Friday, Oct. 29th: 10:30pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 30th: 10:30pm

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