Since the NoHo Arts Center has extended their stage production of DRACULA until April 26, I wanted to bump up my review of the production for those who haven’t seen it and are still considering whether to attend. This is a revamped version of the old play by Hamilton Dean and John L. Balderston – the one that became a hit on Broadway and was adapted into the 1931 film starring Bela Lugosi. Consequently, the play was a huge influence on cinematic portrayals of vampires. Now the NoHo Arts Center turns the tables, presenting a modernized version heavily influenced by subsequent movies, most notably the 1979 version starring Frank Langella and the overwrought BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA from 1992, with at least one incongruous addition from DARK SHADOWS. The result is a bit of a jumbled mess: entertaining in parts, imaginative in its staging, but ultimately unsuccessful in its attempt to reinterpret the familiar story.
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