Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” hit the California Theater on Feb. 14 -16 bringing in a full house at $80 per ticket.
This new thrilling spin-off of the classic tale Frankenstein takes a complete left turn with the monster’s character.
Instead of having a dim-witted monster like most writers have in their version of “Frankenstein,” Mary Shelly had a fast learning monster with a robotic like brain that was able to learn how to read, write and reason all in less than a year.
The actors that performed in “Frankenstein,” held in the California Theater were good at making you feel the emotions they were portraying.
The actor that played Frankenstein’s monster was my favorite. The play began with the creature being brought to life with electricity.
He breaks free and plunders to the ground where he struggles for minutes, which felt like hours, trying to stand and remain balanced on his two stitched feet.
This scene makes you feel hopeless because you can feel him struggling to stand and you want to get out of your seat and help him.
Later in the scene, the monster wanders aimlessly through society and discovers he is not like the rest.
He is hated for the way he looks and no matter how hard he tries to help people and make friends, he is beaten and chased away by ignorant people who do not take the time to help someone simply because they are different.
Later in the play, the monster finds a blind professor who feeds him and also educates him in one year.
Since the professor is blind he does not judge the beast on his appearance.
A scene that really stuck to me was when the professor forced the beast to meet his family and was rejected.
His son was surprised that a hideous creature was so close to his father.
He reacted due to terror and attacked the beast with firewood. He did not listen to his father’s pleads begging him to leave the beast alone.
“He’s harmless!” the professor shouted over and over again but the son did not stop until the beast finally managed to limp away.
Blinded by hatred, the monster wanted revenge on the professor and his family.
“How dare they treat me like this!” the beast growled and limped to the professor’s home and set fire to the home of the kind, generous professor and his family.
This play helps us see that when we are born, we have no worries and we are pure. We see the world as a beautiful friendly place.