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Massacre (Sing to Your Children)

Massacre (Sing to Your Children) at the Rattlestick.

You won’t find a more alarming, provocative, startling start to a play, off-Broadway or on- than the assault on the audience in Massacre (Sing to Your Children.) As music blares and lights flash, six characters in outlandish masks burst through a door into a grim slaughterhouse. They are all soaked in blood. A seventh rolls in through a chute.

They’re wild, adrenaline-drunk, frenzied in the aftermath of what they’ve just done—killed a man, Joe. Or at least they hope they have killed him. Sure they hacked him with scimitars, poked him with a pitchfork, pierced him with an icepick, and they all wear gallons of his blood. Still, there’s a fear that they might not have completed the job. Why?

It seems that this character, Joe, is some sort of supernaturally evil being who has taken over their small New England town. With his arrival, crops have withered, births have ceased, children have turned against their parents, people disappear, and all live in fear. At least that’s what this crew of locals—two auto mechanics, a teacher, a housewife, a psychic, a fry cook and a drifter—believe. The info about Joe is revealed in dribs and drabs in the first act. Action is non-stop–and so is the talk, as each of the characters  reveals something about themselves. Until an ominous pounding on the door brings the first act to a close.

Massacre (Sing to Your Children) at the Rattlestick

The second act brings shocks and revelations as all comes undone. Unfortunately, by this time the action has slowed to a crawl and twists and turns become formulaic.

Massacre was written by Jose Rivera and directed by Brian Mertes. The repertory cast does an excellent job in a difficult piece. Massacre (Sing to Your Children) is at the Rattlestick until May 12

It’s Norway or the Highway

Lauren Reviews a Movie from Norway: Headhunters

Ever since Stieg Larsson trilogy starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came out people have been clamoring for more thrillers from those wacky Scandinavians. Headhunters is it: A suspenseful movie that also makes you laugh and gasp at the same time.

Aksel Henne stars as Roger, a charming badass who lives a life of glamor and luxury way beyond his pay grade as an accomplished headhunter in Norway. Unknown to all, he is an

The cast is led by Aksel Hennie, one of the most popular actors in Norway, as Roger Brown

art thief on the side. His wife, played by former model Synnøve Macody Lund is a stunning gallery owner who introduces him to gorgeous Clas Greve (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who owns a Rubens painting that Roger risks everything to steal. In the process he becomes a hunted man.

Directed by Morten Tyldum from a book by Jo Nesbø, Headhunters is a crazy romp with thrills by the minute. Word is that it will be remade by some famous American director starring some famous American movie star. Heaven help us. Go see the original please.