Illinois Central College opened their 2010 - 2011 Season with "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon", a messy and disjointed retelling of the Grimm fairytales.
One of my favorite shows is "Into the Woods", the Steven Sondheim classic that is a brilliant musical adaptation of classic fairytales. It is dark and funny with an amazing score. I was expecting something similar from this ICC opener.
I could not have been more disappointed.
The first act consisted of five uncredited actors running manically around the stage and through the audience while shrieking at the top of their lungs.
I say 'uncredited' because while the program lists cast biographies, it gives no hint of who is playing which characters.
Although seldom up to the level of Bradley Theater, Illinois Central College has, in the past, presented some great shows. "No Exit" and "The Underpants" come immediately to mind.
"The Brothers Grimm", however, takes the amateur in amateur theater to a new low. I have seen better productions than this at the grade school level.
Perhaps the show got better in the second act.
I couldn't bear to stick around and find out.