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Blood Countess



The Blood Countess is a one-woman show that details the life of 16th century Hungarian aristocrat and supposed serial killer Elizabeth Bathory. The show begins in darkness, with the odd candle flickering across the stage. Soon, you meet Bathory, who methodically glides across the stage in a red gown and white cap. She then starts her monologue, detailing the early years of her life, only breaking to promote the family’s vino, the Bathory Blood Wine. You can tell where writer and actress Sharon Nowlan is trying to take you. She wants you to decide if Bathory is guilty or not, or if she’s just a deeply disturbed woman who's become a prisoner of her own thoughts. The problem is, Nowlan’s message gets lost in translation. It’s hard to keep track of which time period she’s in and even harder to follow her train of thought when it’s delivered in such a monotone, text-driven way. There’s potential, no doubt, but it’s ultimately not fulfilled. The highlight was the strange red light show near the end, and the end itself. Reviewed by Kass Mitchell.




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