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By the power of the archives –

Librarians are my heroes. And apparently they are Jason Neulander’s heroes too. Last night I went out (on a work night!) and saw The Intergalactic Nemesis. Please, check the tour schedule to find the play nearest you (then the title of this post will make total sense).

This is a BRILLIANT show (and I am not just saying this because the hero is, indeed, a librarian).  Intergalactic Nemesis is a comic book come to life.  Perhaps it is just me but the librarian sells it. Seriously. I love the girl reporter and how SHE is the one with the sidekick. I even dig that the sidekick turns out to be…well, see the play! But. A librarian. Who happened to be in the right place at the right time because of a library conference (bonus points for noting it is the LBJ Library in the comic book image). So many in-jokes in this show…so many.

Three extremely talented actors voice all the characters – all right before you on the stage. I cannot think how Danu Uribe, David Higgins, or Christopher Lee Gibson possibly remember all their lines plus assorted accents. At some points Danu switches back and forth, practically in one breath, voicing two very different characters. Wait – so do David and Christopher! Inconceivable…but they do, right before your eyes.

A Foley artist brings the sounds to life (a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese becomes the incredibly realistic sound of a train in the hands of Buzz Moran). You can see him shaking the box but you are hearing a train. Amazing!  What would a radio drama be without the requisite piano and organ music? Nothing.  Luckily the very talented Kenneth Redding, Jr. accompanies the action on the keyboards, wrapping you in old-timey atmosphere. The plot too is right out of radio drama but with a slight twist, need I say it again? LIBRARIAN!

Behind the actors, Foley artist, and keyboardist is a large movie screen. As the actors bring the characters to life using just their voices, scenes from the comic book are projected behind them. Way better than having my older sister read me the Sunday comics when I was just a wee child (or last week, whatever – she likes to do it. She does!).

Why are you still reading this? Go get a ticket to the show nearest you, and/or get the recording! Buy the books too! And why not add a t-shirt? And no, I get nothing from you doing so – other than the pleasure of knowing I have made you happier than ever.

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  1. October 26, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Awesome show! Just awesome! I truly recommend it as well! … Go see it, people! Seriously! … And carolslib is right: the librarian totally sells it.

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