So it's no surprise that we thoroughly enjoyed Synetic's latest production, a reworking of Oscar Wilde's Gothic classic The Picture of Dorian Gray.
There are a plethora of reasons for you to take in a performance for Halloween week if you haven't yet seen the production. Here are 6:
1) A sexy orgy in an opium den featuring a giant hookah with pipes extending like tentacles.
2) A creepy portrait portrayed by an always engaging Philip Fletcher.
3) A brilliant psychological character counterpoint performed by Joseph Carlson (as Gray's mentor) and Robert Bowen Smith (as portrait painter Basil).
4) Dripping paint on a plexiglass wall as a symbol of a decaying Victorian society.
5) Another star turn by Dallas Tolentino (last seen as D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers) as the Dorian Gray descending into dark depravity.
6) A soundscape by composer Konstantine Lortkipanidze that as usual intensifies the action on stage.
But you don't have to take our word. Here is what others are saying.
- "Dorian Gray reveals that the Tsikurishvilis never stop thinking about how to keep their aesthetic entertainingly fresh, how determined they remain to make a splash ... Synetic's portrait doesn't seem to fade with age. No, it just keeps getting sharper." - The Washington Post
- "A truly sexy, gothic tale perfect for the Halloween Season." - MD Theatre Guide
- "A sensual, frenetic and dark portrayal of Oscar Wilde's controversial novel."-WTOP
And if you want to have a deeper understanding of the performance check these out: