Alibi V.21 No.27 • July 5-11, 2012 
Patriotic padre: John Adams (Shawn Wayne King) makes his case to Congress.

Performance Review

Wigged Out

Landmark Musicals animates Independence Day with song and dance

It takes a special kind of nerd to appreciate the joy that is 1776. One must be equal parts musical-theater geek, history buff and lover of all things patently silly. If you’re the type that gets a kick out of seeing the Founding Fathers dancing around in funny wigs and singing whimsical songs about the Declaration of Independence, 1776 is a great pleasure.

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Book Review

A Stab in the Dark

Mystery based on Hitchcock and heavy petting needs a cold shower

What You See in the Dark

What You See in the Dark by Manuel Muñoz relies strongly on the outward appearance of being about an Alfred Hitchcock film. So the absence of the creepy Englishman for the first half of the proceedings stands out like his famously bulbous profile.

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Culture Shock

She’s Not There

No, The Woman in Black is not an enigmatic, art-house Johnny Cash biopic starring Cate Blanchett. It’s playwright Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of the 1983 novel by Susan Hill, revolving around mysterious child fatalities and a possibly haunted Victorian-era British manor. Arthur Kipps is a lawyer who goes to examine the estate of one of his late clients. Encounters with leery, secretive townies and bone-chilling apparitions set the stage for a grim tale that falls thematically between The Wicker Man and, well, every creepy kid-horror plot ever scripted.

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