The Dudleys! OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Steven Pisano
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 8, 2016
    Closing:
    October 29, 2016

    Theater: HERE Arts Center / 145 Ave. of Americas, New York, NY, 10013

    Synopsis: 

    NYC premiere.

    In The Dudleys!, family memories are brought to life as a malfunctioning 8-bit video game. The Dudleys dodge ghosts, undying zombies and evil Aunts side-scrolling through the neighborhood as they try to win a game that might not be for winning. Featuring original chiptune music and life size 8-bit video animation, The Dudleys! is a story of family, regret, and the games we play to get by. Press start. Play the Dudleys.

    Created by Leegrid Stevens
    Directed by Jacob Titus and Leegrid Stevens
    Choreographed by Melinda Rebman

    Video Design by Reid Farrington
    Lighting Design by Simon Cleveland
    Set Design by Jonathan Cottle
    Costume Design by Heather Carey
    Sound Design by Dana Haynes
    Prop Design by Justin Cox
    Video Programming by John Erickson

    Chiptune Music composed by Leegrid Stevens

    Cast includes Amy Bizjak*, Joe Burby*, Roger Casey*, Kevin Delano, Ariel Estrada*, Marlowe Holden, Erik Kochenberger, Lynnsey Ooten*, Karsten Otto, Scott Thomas* and Erin Treadway

    *These actors are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Dudleys!

    'The Dudleys': Dad's in Control. From Beyond the Grave.

    Charles Isherwood

    October 12, 2016: A vintage video game opens a portal into a fractured family’s past in “The Dudleys!,” a meandering, quirky comedy-drama by Leegrid Stevens presented by the Loading Dock Theater. In one corner of the set at HERE Arts Center is squeezed a facsimile of a typical teenager’s bedroom, complete with an old-style tube television and a game console. As the play begins, a character referred to only as the Gamer enters and fires up the controls. Or rather is ordered to by the zombielike figure who stumbles onstage: Dead Tom (Joe Burby), who we will soon learn is the Dudley clan’s father. He’s now, as his nickname suggests, dead, but somehow still able to manipulate his family from beyond the grave. Soon scenes from the family’s past are springing to life in the center of the stage, mostly a blank space against the back wall on which elaborate video projections race by. The chronology is rather fuzzy, but much of the play takes place in the immediate aftermath of Tom’s death. He is survived by his wife, Clara (Erin Treadway), who chirpily discusses over dinner who will pick up his ashes. She’s working today — and, oh, she’s decided to convert from the family’s Mormon religion to Judaism. “I have found that I really like the people,” she explains. “They’re good thinkers.”

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