As the first half of “Young Frankenstein” comes to a close, there's a monster on the loose.
The large green creature goes into the crowd at the intermission of the Aberdeen Community Theatre production. The monster angrily stomps up the aisle as the curtain closes.
Fortunately, no one gets hurt. And by the time the musical is over, we've all gotten to know his sensitive side.
Although the show is a little long, “Young Frankenstein” brings together a strong collection of talent.
Directed and choreographed by Daniel Yurgaitis, the play isn't as wild and ridiculous as last summer's “Monty Python's Spamalot.” But it is silly, ambitious and funny.
The show, by the way, is officially known as “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein.” Just like Dr. Frankenstein, Brooks is skilled at injecting new life into an old, dead corpse.
Speaking of Dr. Frankenstein, Courtney Rott Jr. is polished and professional as the show's main character, who is the dean of anatomy at the Johns, Miriam and Anthony Hopkins School of Medicine. Not only is Rott thoroughly in command as the doctor who wears suede shoes, he also gets laughs when he's supposed to get them.
Eli Corbett is also terrific as Igor, Frankenstein's assistant. Corbett shows you can make the character funny without imitating Marty Feldman, who played Igor in the film. He even does well on a few dance numbers. After bending over throughout the play, Corbett must have trouble straightening up at the end of the night.
As the monster, Trent Deyo’s performance is so good that you can't imagine anyone else in the role. He’s great as a silent lothario, and he's great singing and dancing.
Kellyanne Kirkland owns some of the show's funniest moments as Frau Blucher, the housekeeper.
Yvonne Freese brightens the play with her good-natured presence and her splendid singing voice. As Inga, she shows that she can yodel as well as throw a discus.
Steve Balsarini is largely wasted as Inspector Kemp. But fortunately, Balsarini plays two characters. In the second half, he turns up as a blind hermit. The scene he has with Deyo is truly funny.
Austin Vetter is smooth in several singing numbers.
Like many musicals, “Young Frankenstein” simply contains too many songs. Asking people to give up two hours and 45 minutes on a weeknight is a little too much.
But if you left at intermission, you wouldn't see the delightful “Putting on the Ritz” dance number, one of the show's highlights.
While the show has plenty of laughs, it also demonstrates some of Brooks' weaknesses. If you saw the film in 1974, you’re probably tired of Frankenstein telling people the name is pronounced “Frankensteen.”
Language report: The F word is not heard in “Young Frankenstein.” Another swear word, which starts with S, is heard once, in a song.