PHOTO: Three actors enact a bunch of characters in “The Intergalactic Nemesis.” Production photo
- Science fiction. That’s the stuff of the mind that is almost real (some day really real to sci-fi nuts).
- Comic book art. Approximately 1,250 images are projected on a screen. Vivid colors. Swooshing action scenes. Earnest characters. Alien creatures with abundant “extra” eyes, teeth and limbs. No balloons for spoken words.
- A graphic novel/comic book story. Impossible situations tumble into sure-death cliff-hanger moments like clockwork. Plot twists are dandy as a woman journalist and her aw-shucks male assistant fall in with a time traveler and venture all over creation in pursuit of a vital goal.
- Radio theater of the 1930s. People talk in the style of the time, Kiddo.
- Live theater. Adventures in time and space are played out by five people, three of whom portray all of a myriad of characters – often switching character voices in a split second. In radio theater, actors often held scripts. In “The Intergalactic Nemesis,” the actors did all through memory in a two-hour show.
- Live sound effects. All the woo-wee sci-fi sounds, the shuffle of shoes, the rustle of candy wrappers, the opening of cement-block doors, the roar of space-ship engines, the EXPLOSIONS, the thunderclaps, the pouring of liquid into a glass, the cry of a wolf – all is done by one Foley artist (sound effects person) at stage front in time with what is happening in the story.
- Live music. A pianist/organist plays along with the story, setting aural backdrops from high excitement to gushy romance. The performance is improvised.
- Audience interaction. Heroes are cheered, villains booed as folks in the seats get wrapped into the experience.
- Time and space travel (1). The story dials into the recesses of the mind as it brings a person from the future back to save Earth from an evil universal force that does destruct Earth. (Got that?)
- Time and space travel (2). This was a personal experience, though perhaps enjoyed by others. Along the way, I flipped back to my comic-book-reading days and the oh-gosh! excitement of sci-fi possibilities/“realities.” It was a comforting place. Refreshing now.
- Other cosmic stuff too deep to delve into.
All this played out Thursday night at the
The cast that appeared at the
THE VENUE: Cofrin Family Hall is one of three performance spaces within the
THE PEOPLE: The name Cofrin relates in great degree to A.E. Cofrin, founder of Fort Howard Paper Co., and his son, Dr. David A. Cofrin, who was instrumental in building the
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