EMAV Review GEEK! at Onyx Theatre is an atmospheric immersion

Updated: Mar 20, 2019

★★☆☆☆ - Still Hungry

Going to see Geek! at the Onyx Theatre is what one might call atmospheric immersion. It’s not environmental theatre, there’s a big difference. The latter uses all manner of things to put you right into the scene of the action, much like last year’s production of Motel. The former hits you the minute you walk in the front door but then reserves the setting and action for the stage.

Even before you walk into the lobby, you’ll find evidence of what this play is all about, because there’s a trailer parked on the sidewalk. And, the lobby is filled with vendors. See, we’re at Dante’s Fire Con; a Cosplay Convention if there ever was one. Crystal Skillman’s play is a comedy; it even says so: Geek! A Cosplay Comedy.

Chances are, if you’re an adult over, say, age 55, you have no idea what that means—unless you’re into comic books and graphic novels; or you have teenagers or grandkids who are involved. Cosplay is dressing up as your favorite comic book character and reenacting (in character) some of the action-packed adventures.