The Latest Madcap Musical from the Eubank Family: ‘Evil Dead’

After multiple reprisals of The Rocky Horror Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Eating Raoul: The Musical, Evil Dead: The Musical is set to enter the pantheon of Eubank family favorites after an initial run last fall. This Halloween season features a month’s worth of shows, from Oct. 7 through Nov. 4, at Crown Center’s Off Center Theatre.

Based on the infamous Sam Raimi-directed gore-fests from the 1980s and ’90s, Evil Dead: The Musical combines plot elements in a screwball sendup of the entire horror film genus. The show features “at least one number from every genre of every type” of music, according to cast member Katie Karel, a frequent Egads! player who is part of the cast for this go-around as well. “They’ve got blues, rock, disco, you know, they’ve got the ballad … it’s all in there,” she says.

Besides Karel, Evil Dead features many other Egads favorites, including Ashley Otis, credited as associate choreographer, but in reality the ringleader of the production’s dance numbers. At a recent rehearsal, Otis, who most recently starred in Mother Trucker 2: Ride On, served as a stern dance mistress, putting the cast through a rigorous warm-up, then providing detailed notes after she watched over one of their dance numbers, “Do The Necronomicon.”

“It’s refreshing, and I really enjoy doing it,” she says of the process. “And cleaning everything up, that’s who I am. I’m not ‘let’s make up dances and do happy time.’”

Helping to round out the cast is Sam Wright as hero Ash Williams, who wields a sawed-off shotgun and chainsaw to dispatch attacking zombies. Wright, who showed a strong, assured tenor at rehearsal, previously played in the Egads Valentine 2010 offering, Say You Love Satan, as well as in the 2010 run of Evil Dead.

“So far, it’s just been a lot of pain and stretching,” he says with a shy smile when asked how the show is progressing this time around.

The cast for this show points to one of the strengths of Egads: its uncanny ability to find and develop fresh new talent.

Jeff Church, producing artistic director for Coterie Theatre (see main story), says “[Steven> is fully my colleague that I call on for casting thoughts and programming ideas. I think he uncovers a lot of new performers in this city, and I watch his shows carefully to see who he has discovered.”

Indeed, casting is an oft-overlooked facet of theater and film productions. When a show is cast correctly, it shines with seamless energy

WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

Keep readingShow less
by Spectrum Medical Care Center

Nurse Practitioner Ari Kravitz

When I started medical transition at 20 years old, it was very difficult to get the care I needed for hormone replacement therapy because there are very few providers trained in starting hormones for trans people, even though it’s very similar to the hormones that we prescribe to women in menopause or cisgender men with low testosterone.

I hope more providers get trained in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so they can support patients along their individual gender journey, and provide the info needed to make informed decisions about their body. I’ve personally seen my trans patients find hope and experience a better quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.

Keep readingShow less

Descanso Resort swimming pool and lounge area

Descanso Resort, Palm Springs' premier destination for gay men, just received Tripadvisor's highest honor, a Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2023. Based on guests' reviews and ratings, fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor's 8 million listings around the world receive the coveted "Best of the Best" designation. Descanso ranked 12th in the top 25 small inns and hotels category in the United States. Quite an accomplishment!

Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

Keep readingShow less