Sunday, November 30, 2008

Horror Society Rave Review for Witch House

The lovely folks at Horror Society, specifically, Brian Kirst, posted a great review of The Dreams in the Witch House. Here are some snippets:

"WildClaw Theatre’s H.P. Lovecraft’s The Dreams in the Witch House is full of all the things that one would expect from Chicago’s premiere company devoted to works of horror and the macabre.(D)irector-adaptor Charley Sherman provides a strong emotional core as we become spiritually invested in the quests of the show’s young heroes- Lillith and Gilman. Ultimately, whether you’ve taken multiple trips to the other side of the Necronomicon or not, WildClaw’s journey into The Dreams in the Witch House will provide immense entertainment and frequent moments of spine tingling fun."

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Mudpuppy Monsters Tin

A toy of joy - Mudpuppy Magnetic Monsters Tin!

"With mysterious backgrounds like haunted houses and alien planets and over 40 imaginative monster parts, you have everything you need to create scary, funny, and totally crazy monsters! Mix and match body parts to create monsters Dr. Frankenstein never dreamed of!

The Mudpuppy Magnetic Monsters Figures Tin is a great travel activity. Magnets stick straight to the tin for compact, portable fun."

A WildClaw Approved Toy.

Friday, November 28, 2008

FIT Does Gothic

The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC has a cool Gothic exhibit going on right now and an extensive website to go with it.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Survival Research Lab Turns 30

If you don't know about Mark Pauline and SRL, you should.

Image by Garth Webb

True Blood Opening

Over at Art of the Title they got a great little analysis of the True Blood TV series opening title sequence.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Part 5

They talk about The Dreams In The Witch House in this final entry.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Part 4

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Fascinating BBC documentary that might interest you folks.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Viking Youth Power Hour Review of Witch House

Those horror fiends at the Viking Youth Power Hour wrote about their experience at The Dreams in the Witch House. Here are some choice excerpts:

"This past weekend I spent one of the more enjoyable Saturday night’s I’ve had in Chicago in some time at our city’s resident 'Horror Theatre' experts newest production, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s 'The Dreams in the Witch House.'

'Witch House' tells the story of a young mathematics genius with a mysterious past, Walter Gilman, taking to school at the infamous Miskatonic University. Before our fated hero can even unpack his bags he’s beset by terrible omens, rat faced humans, odd foreigners, and troubling dreams encouraging geometry as a means to a rather inhabited fourth dimension. By the end of the show we’ve been treated to spirit possession, incest, baby pies, glowing pentagrams, an awesome chameo from an Old One, plenty of madness and witchery and enough murder to keep that old impotent cunt Dick Cheney horny for a week. In short, it’s a delicious trollop through the highest roads of horror's greatest riffs.

The performances were great as well... But what sets Wildclaw apart from other theatre groups is that they aren’t just pursuing art by way of theatre, they’re pursuing theatre by way of Horror. And this love of the wicked permeates every aspect of the show.

(Y)ou’d be fool to miss the WildClaw Theatre’s production of 'The Dreams in the Witch House'."

For the full review, check it out here.

Killer-works Review of The Dreams in the Witch House

"The Dreams in the Witch House is spectacular, in the old school, carnival funhouse sense of the word.

Do you like your theatre eerie, gory and surprisingly witty? Enjoy your protagonists pale and plagued by witches? Your good guys questionable (to say the least), and your bad guys such gibbering maniacs that the word "bad" no longer applies? The Dreams in the Witch House has it all. Plus The Necronomicon. Which is just cool. "
C.S.E. Cooney - (see full review)

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Dreams in the Witch House

The Dreams in the Witch House opened last night. Blood flowed, heads cracked, babies were stolen, and dimensions shifted. A fun time had by all! Come see the show. If you are a reader of this blog, you know it is time to buy those tickets and get on down to the Athenaeum for a taste of WildClaw Theatre madness.

If you live in New York, you should check out "The Call of Cthulhu" exhibition of sequential narratives from the School of Visual Arts.

© 2008 Lisel Ashcock

The Call of Cthulhu
November 21 - December 13, 2008
Reception: Tuesday, November 25, 6-8pm
601 West 26 Street, 15th floor, NY, NY

Sunday, November 9, 2008

It Has Begun - Arkham Awaits

Big begins building

Today we erected the set for H. P. Lovecraft's The Dreams in the Witch House at the Athenaeum Theater. Tech week has officially started. Platforms have been hoisted, screws tightened, paint flung. We open next Sunday, November 16th and run through December 21st.

Get your tickets now for WildClaw's most ambitious show. Centerstage has already called it a Must-See Show and Fangoria is telling you to obey that impulse and see it.

Here's what they said about WildClaw's The Great God Pan earlier this year:

"If this is the WildClaw standard for horror, we’ll gladly be horrified again"
-TimeOut Chicago

"Fantastically executed"

"It delivers the guts and gore you crave and you may actually get blood splattered on you"
-The Chicagoist

"Spooky fun in the vein of the classic Hammer Films thrillers of the 1950s and '60s"
-Chicago Reader

You probably heard that Deathscribe was a blast. So what are you waiting for? Arkham awaits.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008