The Intergalactic Nemesis
- Paul Foy
- 15 May 2013
One third graphic novel, one third radio play and one third crazy! American live stage show is bound to take you into outer space
Pitching itself as a marriage between a radio drama and gigantic comic book, The Intergalactic Nemesis inspires an air of fascination from the first look at the show’s poster.
The basic premise is a script performed by three voice actors, against the backdrop of large, beautifully crafted comic book stills beamed onto the stage. These are backed up by superb live sound effects and an improvised musical accompaniment, for a truly live experience.
The plot is a thoughtful nod to classic 1930s sci-fi radio dramas, as savvy reporter Molly Sloane and her gullible yet likeable assistant, Timmy Mendez investigate master hypnotist, Dr. Mysterion. What they uncover is an evil plan of a more extra-terrestrial origin.
Act One hurtles along at breakneck speed, with the entire team launching straight into a pace that rarely drops. Initially there’s a difficulty keeping up; with so much happening on stage and all of it worthy of your attention, the plot tends to take a back seat. Once you’ve found your rhythm with everything, however, the spectacle as a whole comes together beautifully.
The actors give it gusto, pulling all kinds of faces and poses that fill the gaps between the slides with real panache, while the on-stage sound effects are truly captivating. Foley artist Buzz Moran is certain to get you smiling, either with the devices at his disposal or a well-timed raise of his eyebrow.
A lively and engaging affair, with an infectious spirit and a big heart, this is a perfect family outing. Kids will love the fun-filled plot and performances, and adults might enjoy acting their shoe-size for a while.