FRINGE REVIEW – Call of Cthulhu (Remarkable Arts @ Hill Street)


18 – 30 August (not 24)
Various times, ReMarkable Arts

In his house, dead Cthulhu lies dreaming…

H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu tales are cult horror classics, and here actor Michael Sabbaton presents his solo interpretation of one of Lovecraft’s short stories of madness and creeping dread.

The set is simple: a chair, and a mysterious box sitting on a table, filled with something unspeakable and given provenance by the piece’s starkly effective lighting.

Playing multiple roles, Sabbaton presents the desparation, fear and insanity of the tale’s unfortunate characters; this does get a little confusing at times, as the action switches from person to person quickly and without much in the way of introduction. His performance is strong and well-delivered, however, and the 50-minute performance holds the attention throughout.

Sound design is particularly effective in Call of Cthulhu, with deep, foreboding sounds of menace creating the perfect mood of unspeakable things and nameless horror. And it is to Sabbaton’s credit that he pitches his performance just the right side of melodrama, and creates a memorable piece that lingers after the lights go up.

Ticket information is available from the ReMarkable Arts website.

Review by Keith D

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