Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage

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Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage

Anne Scurria and Charlie Thurston in Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage (Photo: Mark Turek)

A musical Beowulf sounds like a complete snoozefest, but Trinity’s zippy, loony fever dream was written by people with no particular fondness for the source material. A hunky but dim-witted warrior (Charlie Thurston) is called to Denmark or Sweden or wherever to slay the monster Grendel, but actually the play opens in the twenty-first century at a panel discussion featuring a trio of ridiculous English professors. It’s like the writers drunkenly brainstormed fifty ideas one night and then decided the next morning to keep all fifty of them. (Puppets! Goodreads reviews! A flute solo!) Not to spoil anything, but the eventual undersea battle with Grendel’s mother is the best thing I’ve seen on stage in a long time.

September 24 2016


Date: September 24, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm
Cost: $25 – $71
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201 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903 United States

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