Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon provides endless entertainment

Stephen Karst, staff writer

It had me hooked from senior Joseph Davies’ first long scream and dash across the stage.  Then continued to take me on a nonstop, whirlwind adventure of insanity.
For those of you reading this who have no idea what I’m talking about, here it is. The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, presented by BV’s Repertory Theater class.
This play had me in tears for most of the night. No, they were not tears of sadness. These tears were because I laughed so hard my stomach hurt, within the first five minutes of the play.  What made the play so exquisitely enjoyable? The actors. The story. And the all-around atmosphere in the PAC.
To give some background on the play, it is composed of 209 fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm and woven into a long, loosely connected plot. Some of the well-known tales included: Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella, The Frog Prince, Little Red Cap and Hansel and Gretel.  Some less recognized stories featured characters like the Crab-people and Talking Fish along with hosts witches, princes other fabled creatures. As promised by the narrators in the prologue, it was extreme.
The narrators were engaging and witty as they guided the audience through a patchy chronological progression of these tales.The actors seemed to be lost in their characters. And for two and a half hours the audience was a bunch of kids captivated by (slightly modified) stories.
I give this play the highest rating a reviewer can give. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be two thumbs up, five stars or 10/10, but it was wonderful. For only a $7 entry fee, it was money well spent. This was Jeff Yarnell’s first year and play, as BV’s Repertory Theater teacher/ director and I must say he did a very nice job of putting on this production.  So bottom line? Go see it if you can. Friday and Saturday this week 7:00 in the PAC.