She Kills Monsters – Play – SecondStory Repertory

Elevator Thoughts (aka Tweet): She Kills Monsters play by Qui Nguyen at SecondStory Repertory directed by Kate Swenson. Starring Rebecca Cauthorn and Erin Elkins. Nerd out with Dungeons and Dragons in live theatre! Lots of fight choreography and cosplay-worthy costumes/props. #theatre

Synopsis from the Theatre: She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook, however, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Reviewed Performance: 6/9/23 on opening night – Sorry for the late review!

Type: Play

World Premiere: No

Several or Few Scenes: Several

Several or Few Settings/Locations: Several

Prior Exposure/Knowledge Required: You’d probably enjoy this more if you played Dungeons and Dragons or if you grew up in the 80-90s. I’ve actually never played Dungeons and Dragons, but I was born in the 80s. I only know how the game roughly works because I saw Steve and his friends play it on American Dad.

Defined Plot/Storyline: Yes

Recommendation: See it if either

  • You’re looking for a different kind of show
  • You play(ed) Dungeons and Dragons
  • You like to pretend
  • You like cosplay
  • or you liked the Starmites musical

Was This the First Time I Attended a Production of this Show: Yes

Would I See It Again 3 Years from Now: Probably not

Rating Compared to Other Shows with the Same Production Value:
4 stars (Out of 5 Stars)

Equity Actors: 0

Total Number of Actors: 10

Perceived Pace of the Show: Medium to fast

Length (Including Any Intermission): 1.75 hours

Intermission: No

Other Rave(s) Not Mentioned in Elevator Thoughts

  • Double Entendre: There was a funny scene where one person was talking about Dungeons and Dragons while the other person thought they were talking about sex.
  • Character/Actor Highlights:
    • Stav Hinenzon (Orcas) projected his voice well
    • Jack Anderson was funny as a dorky high school teenager Chuck
    • Why do I love seeing mean cheerleaders on-stage and on-screen? It must be fun for Jillian Faulk (as Evil Gabbi) and Grace Madland (as Evil Tina) to play succubus cheerleaders. Very Glee and Mean Girls.
  • Moral of the Story: I like the message throughout the play (especially at the end) on why Dungeons and Dragons was important to Tilly in her friends.

Other Musing(s) and Observation(s)

Theatre Company: SecondStory Repertory

Venue: SecondStory Repertory

Venue Physical Address: 7325 166th Ave NE Ste F250, Redmond, WA 98052

Price: Cheap

Dates: June 9 to June25, 2023

Seating: General Admission

Parking: Free lot or free garage parking provided by the Redmond Town Square outdoor mall where the theatre company resides.

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@showsiveseen "She Kills Monsters" #play by Qui Nguyen at SecondStory Rep directed by Kate Swenson. Starring Rebecca Cauthorn & Erin Elkins. Nerd out w/ "Dungeons & Dragons" in live #theatre ♬ House of Memories
Rebecca CauthornAgnes Evans
Erin ElkinsTilly Evans
Miki MurrayKaliope/Kelly
Katie WallaceLilith/Lilly
Jillian FaulkVera/Evil Gabbi/The Beholder
Grace MadlandNarrator/Evil Tina/Farrah the Faurie
Tadd MorganMiles
Jack AndersonChuck
Alex OttoSteve
Stav HinenzonOrcus/Ronnie
Qui NguyenPlaywright
Kate SwensonDirector
Steven HochteilFight Choreographer
Elizabeth ShipmanCostume Designer
SueAnne Luchenta and Kasey ChristieCostume Assistant
Mark ChenovickSet/Light/Sound/Projection Design
Annie SimontonStage Manager
Weapons Ken Michels
PhotographyMichael Brunk

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