LETTER: Reader disagrees with our review of BAT’s Dr. Frankenstein

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

Dear Editor,

Last weekend, I attended the play Dr. Frankenstein, currently being put on by Burien Actors Theatre. I thoroughly enjoyed this bold and timely reinterpretation of the original novel by Mary Shelley.

I read with interest your posting of Shelli Park’s recent review of this play. While I agreed with much of Ms. Park’s take on the production as stated in the first part of the post, I feel it necessary to offer a differing opinion on the latter section, esp with respect to the interpretation of ‘the Creature’.

I felt that actor Philip Keiman did a remarkable job conveying the Creature’s plight in the story; his physicalizations and vocals were rendered with well-evident care and sensitivity. In fact, his representation of innate Otherness allowed the viewer to empathize and clearly read a variety of interpretations into his role.

I do agree that this could be seen as a certain amount of confrontation for the audience, but I personally didn’t take it as a “diatribe” at all. The Creature endures unimaginable hatred, revulsion, cruelty and torture (off-stage) by humans in the play: I don’t expect the character to then stroll downstage and politely proclaim, “What a piece of work is Man!”

If his outbursts have the potential to make viewers a little uncomfortable with the way they might see Others of different kinds, then so much the better, I would say. As a long-time BAT attendee and patron, I always welcome top-notch theater that challenges my perspective and beliefs…that’s a significant part of what I think art is for.

Thank you,
George “Boomer” Counts

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Ultimately though, Art is subjective, and can be interpreted differently by different people at different times.

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