Review: Night of the Living Dead

Acting Up Productions gets gruesome with a terrifying play featuring live...er, uh... undead actors.

4.5 Stars

IndyFringe Theatre. Through Oct 22.

Acting Up Productions' annual zombie play asks audiences that age old question: "What would you do in the event of the Zombie-ocalypse?" The condensed B-horror-film plot is dependably predictable, providing just enough characterization and development to get to what we all came for: the gore. Blood and guts spatter the old church-turned-IndyFringe theater as six characters struggle to stay alive.

Director Brian Noffkee puts us so close to the action we smell rotting flesh, taste regurgitated intestines and sense that at any second the living dead might just turn on us. The cast of professional actors creates suspense by fully investing in their archetypal characters. Despite their commendable efforts, I couldn't help but giggle (out of shock and enjoyable discomfort) each time an actor became a zombie buffet. The army of walking corpses are overwhelming and effective. It's bloody, it's disgusting and it's everything you could want from a zombie play.

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