Family Fun
May 1998

Globalstage Presents Frankenstein by Steven Rea
This inaugural release launches a video series designed to capture the best childrens theater around the world. Frankenstein hails from Stage One, the Louisville, Kentucky, company, and its an intelligent and fairly faithful interpretation of the Mary Shelley novel. The nicely acted play is preceded by an annoyingly precious segment in which National Public Radio Star Elizabeth McNamer affects a grand English accent and reads passages from Shelleys classic. She is accompanied by slightly befuddled sixth grader Preston Blakeley. Eventually, the duo takes a hansom cab to Stage One, and soon were all caught up in the drama of Dr. Frankenstein. Deploying an adept BBC video team, Globalstage catches the thrill of a live performance.