COMEDY of HORRORS: Monsters have their say in ‘Monologues’

NEW ALBANY – If the Creature from the Black Lagoon shows up, your natural response would be to get out of the water.
If a Mummy pops up on the scene, you’ll probably be wise to avoid getting caught in a dead-end when you run away.
If the Invisible Man comes after you, he could be anywhere, so what could you really do, except pray for rain?
None of those reactions will be needed during Tallahatchie River Players’ production of “The Monster Dialogues.”
The comedy puts world famous ghouls at center stage, and it turns out they’d rather talk your ear off than bite it off.
“Most of them have some issues to work out,” said Barbara Wise, co-director. “It’s almost like you’re a therapist and you’re listening to them complaining about their lives. You get a chance to hear their side of the story.”
For instance, Bride of Frankenstein turns out to be a tart.
“She is kind of a floozy,” said Tina Barkley, who plays the character. “She actually dated the Invisible Man and the Fly, but she was abandoned by both – always the bride, never the wife.”
The Witch, Igor, Dr. Jekyll with Mr. Hyde, the Wolfman, the Zombie, the Blob and more have gathered for the Fly’s funeral. “Supposedly, he ‘swatted’ himself,” Wise said.
Rather than going for jugular veins in the audience, the cast and crew are aiming for funny bones.
“The Monster Monologues” is an original production written by members of Mississippi’s own Fondren Theatre Workshop. The TRP team saw the show at this year’s Mississippi Theatre Association Festival.
“We thought it was the perfect Halloween show,” Wise said. “It’s really funny. It just makes you laugh.”
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M. SCOTT MORRIS / NEMS Daily Journal