By Bob Evans
A “sort of” whodunit comes from the collaborative minds of Kevin King, James P. McNamara, and Chloe Robbins as they “Well, He’s Dead” plays at The Unicorn Theatre as part of the 2017 Kansas City Fringe Festival.
Directed by King, the story begins with the end and then flashed back to unravel the story of wha happened after a bag full of illegal drugs is found in a bedroom, leaving much in question of how the drugs got there, to whom they belong, and where did the stacks of cash come from?
The story traces the investigative minds of three women and a man with a questionable past and substance abuse problem. But, there is evidence and lots of finger pointing in this dark comedy, so appropriately produced by King’s Whim Productions.
The four person cast is led by Diane Bulan. Alongside Bulan are Nicole Hall, Christopher Steinauer, and Alexandria Walters.
Count on King to find pieces that are out of the norm and entertaining and then fill them with talented cast members. This play is no exception. The Fringe is probably the only chance to see this play. It’s fun, but has no meaning or provokes any further thought. It’s entertainment and fits well into the Fringe experimental realm. The show lasts about 50 minutes and with some development could be developed into a 90 minute one-act if characters are revised and re-thought to give them some depth.
All in all, “Well, He’s Dead” is an easy way to spend an hour on the Fringe. See it on the Levin Stage before the Fringe ends.
Tags: Kansas City Fringe Festival 2017, “Well, He’s Dead”, The Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City Theater, Kansas City Performing Arts, Kansas City Arts & Entertainment