Kill Me (world premiere)

by Scott T. Barsotti

WildClaw Theatre at The Athenaeum

February-March 2012

Renowned for bringing horror to the stage, WildClaw Theatre explored the horror of mental illness in this non-linear, sense-bombarding production.  Utilizing live sound, bold lighting, a dynamic set and visually-arresting costuming, the show provoked thought and affected audiences through its use of abstract expressionistic storytelling.

“What’s there is, well, killer — especially in Jeff Christian’s nicely orchestrated, cleverly designed staging for Wild Claw Theatre.”    Chicago Reader

“Kill Me is a genuinely creepy 70-minute show from the only Chicago theater company to specialize in this particular genre.  At Sunday’s packed matinee, appreciative theatergoers murmured with approval at regular intervals, including every time the knife went in.”     Chicago Tribune

“Jeff Christian’s atmospheric staging features strong acting as well as creeptastic use of a repurposed piano soundboard.”    Time Out Chicago

“Director Jeff Christian packs a great deal of stimulating components into this 70-minute ride.  Kill Me is an ambitiously entertaining visit into the mind of the macabre”    Chicago Stage Review

“Kill Me is a fantasy nightmare for the believer and the disbelievers.  It was more heart-tugging horrific than hair-raising horror.    Chicago Theatre Beat  ***1/2

“This play is a lot of fun. Nobody else in town does what WildClaw does.  Kill Me looks fantastic.”    Centerstage Chicago

“Moodily directed by Jeff Christian — an ultimate feast for the senses.”   Sheridan Road Magazine