This past Friday I had the honor of attending Qui Nguyen’s “She Kills Monsters” put on by the Ohio Shakespeare Festival in downtown Akron. When the Malted Meeple had the opportunity to be the corporate sponsor, I was more than obliged to book my tickets that day. I’m a lover of the theater, what can I say? Pair that with a storyline that excites my inner nerd, and this story in particular tugged at my heartstrings.
She Kills Monsters tells the tale of Agnes Evans and her journey through her younger sister Tilly’s “journal” (which happens to be an original Dungeons and Dragons module) after Tilly tragically passes in a car accident after Agnes’ high school graduation.
This rendition of “She Kills Monsters” is directed by Tess Burgler and performed on the Henry C. Bishop stage located on the sixth floor of Greystone Hall. After taking our seats and grabbing a beverage at the bar, we were excited to see what the Ohio Shakespeare Festival had in store for us. Prior to attending, I had been reading articles like this one that highlighted the creation of all of the absolutely stunning costuming that appears throughout She Kills Monsters. Marty LaConte is OSF’s costume designer and credits the giant Gelatinous Cube as being one of her most difficult pieces.
As the story progresses, Agnes jumps between the real and imaginary D&D world created by Tilly. Along the way you get to see costumes including, but not limited to evil cheerleader succubus, sneaky Kobolds, and a very powerful 5-headed dragon. In the article above, Tess listed that during the design of these costumes, LaConte used a D&D reference book which became pertinent in adhering to the true look and feel of each character.
Glorious fight scenes abound in She Kills Monsters and let me tell you, the playlist for these battles is indescribably perfect. Ryan Zarecki is the resident Fight Director and you can tell the hard work that went into these delicately choreographed encounters. As someone who had a seat in the balcony, I’m sure everyone below heard me squealing in excitement every time one broke out. She Kills Monsters is riddled with 90s pop culture – my favorite being a very subtle Sailor Moon reference.
Now readers, I implore you. If you appreciate fantastically timed 90s references, have an affinity for Dungeons and Dragons, or just appreciate the beauty of live theater… She Kills Monsters needs to be on the top of your to-do list. She Kills Monsters runs Thursdays-Saturday at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM until December 22nd. Be sure to check out the talented cast before heading to the show, and don’t forget to bring your Malted Meeple receipt and coupon to get a free drink upon arrival! Once you’ve enjoyed the show, bring your She Kills Monsters ticket back to the Meeple for $5 off our Escape Rooms!
Let us know how you like the show – we know you will!