Halloween may have come and gone, but we’ve still got a kooky, spooky treat on stage at the Shimberg Playhouse. Gorey Stories has received rave reviews from fans and all of the area critics:
“a deliciously macabre homage…. Jobsite perfectly realizes Gorey’s special brand of irony in 3D” – Tampa Tribune
“plenty of amusement to be had…. The entire cast of Jobsite regulars [are] a hoot to watch, individually and together.” – Tampa Bay Times
“playfully wicked… even better than expected….Gorey Stories should be on your to-watch list.” –Creative Loafing
Make no mistake, these stories are Gorey, as in Edward, not gory as in gross. Edward Gorey was a major inspiration for artists today such as Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and even Nine Inch Nails. He’s achieved cult pop-cultural status for his many artistic contributions. In addition to his books he also provided the animations for the beginning of PBS’ MYSTERY!, illustrations for T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Practical Book of Cats (which was the basis for the musical CATS), and his lush design for a production of Dracula on Broadway that featured Frank Langella.
Gorey Stories is a carnivalesque cabaret evening featuring a compilation of almost two dozen of Gorey’s short stories, poems and limericks – a neo-gothic vision of the world as dark, mysterious, and yet simultaneously hilarious. In the mix are unusual creatures, curious landscapes, insanity, religious fanaticism, murder, catchy tunes and a deep appreciation for all of the arts. Works in the show include “The Gilded Bat,” “The Blue Aspic,” “The Gashleycrumb Tinies,” “The Curious Sofa,” and selections from The Gorey End by the Tiger Lillies with Kronos Quartet performed as an encore mini-concert.
For complete details on the show, including bios, audience comments and more,visit us online! Hope you can make it out this week – we’re having a blast! Have you seen the show already? Please send us your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org!