Tales from your favorite comic books come to life this weekend when Steve Ackerman and a team of Bedlamites bring KABOOM to Bedlam Theatre in Lowertown. Using low-tech magic and puppetry, the show, co-directed by Ackerman and Bedlam's Maren Ward, pulls out all the stops amid a cardboard, comic-book cityscape.
For the action scenes, the actors use power tools and other random mechanical devices such as a weed wacker, a power saw, kitchen appliances, and a shoe polisher.
Unlike Cartoon, which started with a script, KABOOM began with brainstorming around the trope of the superhero. The ensemble, made up of six performers -- John Cole, Christopher Allen, Carly Wicks, Lauren Anderson, Ward, and Ackerman -- pondered questions such as "how many rescue scenes can we create today with these objects?" and "how many towers can we make with pipe cleaners?"
KABOOM takes place all around the Bedlam space. "It's going to feel really immersive for the audience," Ward says, adding that the show will appeal to comic-book fans and non-comic book fans alike. "It celebrates and satirizes the idea of a superhero." The live soundtrack has been created by three musicians and composed by Matt Larson, the "go-to for scoring puppet shows," says Ward.
IF YOU GO:
Show are presented every night except Tuesday
See here for more information and to get a list of events happening after the show.