Review On Nick Dear's Frankenstein | California Premiere


Julie Riggott

Non-Registered Critics


“Frankenstein” is one of the most complex productions the classic theater company has attempted. Michetti made thoughtful choices in his direction, producing a gothic horror tale that is at once chilling and heart-rending. While some versions of Shelley’s story can get gory (like Mark Grey’s 2019 opera adaptation, for instance) Michetti steers away from that — with just a touch of bloodiness in a critical scene. The set design, including four mirrored moveable panels and wood beams suspended from the ceiling, was perfect in its simplicity.

“Frankenstein” is one of the best stories ever written, and A Noise Within’s production is one of the most electrifying adaptations you’ll see. Don’t miss it!