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Frankenstein is let loose in Cleveland's Playhouse Square, but the only thing to fear is mediocrity

Drew Scheeler

Issue date: 10/30/09 Section: Focus
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Proving that recycling isn't just for environmentally consciously people, "Puttin' on the Ritz" is a one-note joke turned into a seven-minute dance spectacular. It's here that Shuler Hensley really gets to shine as the verbally and physiologically challenged monster. Except for "Ritz" and the "Finale Ultimo," Hensley's talents are vastly underused. Ironically, the rest of the time he is on stage, it truly appears that "Poor Jud is Daid" because Hensley, who won a Tony for his role in Oklahoma!, is either mute or paralyzed.

Several special "surprises" happened on opening night. Not only did the show start almost an hour late but also set difficulties resulted in some unplanned comedic shtick from Bart. Unfortunately, these improvisations were, in many ways, funnier than the show that followed it. The forty minute intermission could have greatly benefited from Bart discussing "those Desperate Housewives," or his experience as a dead body on Law and Order.

For Mel Brooks, everything that is old is new again. It appears that early on in the creative process, Brooks realized that Young Frankenstein wasn't going to get near universal praise and wasn't going to win every Tony Award it was nominated for. It's not that Young Frankenstein is a bad musical; it just needed a few more bolts of lightning in the laboratory before it could be unleashed on the world. And please, Mr. Brooks, leave Blazing Saddles alone.

All in all, Young Frankenstein doesn't deserve an "F" for Frankenstein, but it certainly deserves a "C" for competent.
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