I was not able to see Cumberland Theatre’s rendition of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” until its last weekend, so, for the lateness of this review, to the cast and crew, I apologize. I still needed to take the time to write something because of the privilege to speak for such a wonderful group of actors, set and costume designers, sound and lighting design.
…I want to take the time to reiterate how well the productions are at The Cumberland Theatre…
To the ensemble who make a theatre show possible, and who worked their collective butts off to bring this gothic tale to the stage, making a stale trope like the vampire refreshing and revived, your work does not go unnoticed and you make the world a much more interesting place to be. I remarked to a friend prior to attendance that the vampire trope has kind of been done to death—no pun intended—and that it was hard for the story to mesmerize me as it once did. I was gaga for the Francis Ford Coppola interpretation from 1992. I turned to the same friend after the show and asked if he was mesmerized. He remarked “Yes!” emphatically.
I’ll spare you the synopsis since most readers will already know the plot points of the story. The Cumberland Theatre is the perfect place for a show like this. With its old church smell and pew-like seating, its stage was the space for the ornate gothic castle façade. Replete with pyrotechnics and fake blood, the show boasted an incredible group of artists whose contributions should not go unnoticed.
Rhett Wolford hits a sinister pitch with his delivery as Renfield, the “zoophagous maniac,”‘ which brings a jolt of energy to the stage. Of the shows I’ve seen as a reviewer for MD Theatre Guide, I can say that the theatre attracts a strong group of professional actors. Credit must also be given to the direction by Sam Litte, which provided the viewer with a well-staged show. I was intrigued by the choice to stage two separate scenes simultaneously, my yet this friend in attendance with me remarked that it somewhat confused him.
In all, I want to take the time to reiterate how well the productions are at The Cumberland Theatre, from set design to actor performances. This year’s lineup included serious dramas and campy musicals to comedy and family shows.
If you’re around the Cumberland, MD area for the Christmas holiday be sure to check out their production of “Miracle on 34th Street,” which runs December 5th through the 22nd. There’s nothing quite like seeing a theatre show, and it’s the perfect idea for a date night with a friend, family member, boyfriend or girlfriend.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours with one intermission.
“Dracula” ended on October 27, 2019. For more information and for tickets for upcoming shows, click here.