by Paula Citron
Evil Dead: The Musical spoofs director Sam Raimi’s cult horror movies with tongue-in-cheek humour. The salty language and sexual references are fraternity house humour, but the engaging cast does its best to please making the show a fun night out.
The premise is that an archaeologist has unleashed an evil presence into the world by translating passages of the Book of the Dead. I must say that the special effects are rather spectacular, including talking animals and a very dangerous chain saw. The set is adorable, as are the costumes. The music is pleasantly soft rock and some of the lyrics are clever indeed.
Ryan Ward plays the main character Ash with a double entendre that is delicious, but the supporting cast is also strong.
If you sit close to the stage, they do give you a raincoat to ward of the blood splatters which does, apparently, wash out easily.
Evil Dead: The Musical continues until Jun. 23.
From the Diesel Playhouse, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.