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Zastrozzi an evening of fun and mayhem
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Zastrozzi an evening of fun and mayhem

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Zastrozzi: The Master of Discipline
Balagan Theatre
Through October 31


Balagan Theatre's Halloween offering is a twisted tale full of mayhem - exactly what Halloween calls for. Zastrozzi: The Master of Discipline is a dark and mostly delightful tale of a dastardly demon seeking the death of the now-reformed killer of his mother. Ray Tagavilla, in the title role, gnashes his teeth, claps his hands and cackles delightedly throughout the performance. His vocal range allows for all kinds of silly sounds as he instructs his sidekick, Bernardo (Don MacEllis), and his paramour, Matilda (Aimee Bruneau), on how to please him and whom to lure and kill.

Zastrozzi seems to be bent on avenging his mother's death, though that really seems like the ultimate excuse for passing judgment. He is an atheist, so rather than leave judgment up to a God he doesn't believe in, he decides he must be the one to hold people responsible for their actions. It appears that responsibility precedes death rather precipitously.

The script is an over-the-top scarefest that is far funnier than it is scary. Nik Perleros directs, and the play holds together most of the time. Chris Bell is Verezzi, the target of Zastrozzi's wrath, who has become a God-fearing prayer machine. He hears God's voice telling him he is increasingly important; he is told he's a pilgrim, messenger, visionary, saint, and finally Messiah, though there's very little proof that Verezzi is anything but an ordinary man. He is protected by an older monk, Victor (Joe Ivy), who promised Verezzi's father on his deathbed that he would look after his son. Victor has kept Verezzi one step ahead of Zastrozzi for three years.

Zastrozzi and Verezzi both fall in love with an upper-crust virgin, Julia (Monica Wulzen), and both try to win her love in return. Wulzen has a beautiful singing voice and plays the virgin to the hilt, but can switch on a dime to a raspy bitch voice that is hilariously at odds with her virgin self.

Each of the cast members does a great job, with the exception of Joe Ivy as Victor. It's not clear how he does it, but almost all his scenes drag and the humor gets lost. He seems a capable actor, but his comic timing is somehow off. Bruneau, with a weird European/Russian accent, runs away with the dominatrix turn, cracking her whip and crawling on the ground to beg Zastrozzi to make love to her. MacEllis is both revolting and crafty as the sidekick who follows orders even when he's not sure why. Bell is the ultimate silly religious freak, though his sinful side is easily brought out. Tagavilla's deliberate movements empower Zastrozzi's terrible deeds.

There is sword fighting (along with ominous music provided by Shane Regan), strobe light flashing, and gun shooting, so be aware. At over two hours, Zastrozzi is not a short play. While the ending is a little flat, most of the evening is fun enough to overcome that issue. The set, by Ahren Buhmann, creates the creepy jail setting and stone buildings with a nebulous 1800s feel. Fight choreographer Ryan Spickard supports a vigorous amount of fighting, whip cracking, and face slapping. Hannah Schnabel provides evocative costumes, though the one Wulzen has to wear is a tad over-revealing when it's "torn," leaving Wulzen to appear self-conscious.

For more information, go to www.balagantheatre.org or www.brownpapertickets.com or call 800-838-3006.

Comments on reviews go to sgncritic@gmail.com.

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