- The Washington Times - Friday, August 21, 2009

Living Dead in DenmarkRorschach Theatre at Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center — ★★★ A slew of suicidal Shakespeare heroines are transformed into kung-fu-fighting, undead uber-babes (rather like the Powerpuff Girls with Wonderbras) in Qui Nguyen’s horror fantasia, “Living Dead in Denmark,” directed with comic-book flair by Casey Kaleb. Lovers of the Bard and Marvel Comics will geek out over “Living Dead,” which takes place five years after the carnage that ended “Hamlet.” Instead of a new day dawning, Elsinore is ravaged by a war between the dwindling humans and an army of zombies, led by the Zombie Lord (Tony Bullock), an introspective flesh eater who probably would not contemplate poor Yorick’s skull, but feast on it. “Living Dead” is a mash-up of Bardic themes, ninjas, samurais, teen superheroes, pop-culture references and flesh-eating monsters and is about as substantial as Barb Wire’s thong. Most of it is deeply silly, and the tongue-in-cheek dialogue (“I know there’s a heart in you even though it’s not beating!” is one example) just begs for comic-book conversation balloons to be placed around it. Through Sunday. 800/494-8497.

MAXIMUM RATING: FOUR STARS

Compiled by Jayne Blanchard

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