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#CLPsuggests: “King Kirby”

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kingkirbyposterKing Kirby
Presented by Ghost Light Theatricals
Written by Crystal Skillman & Fred van Lente
Directed by Rob Raas-Bergquist
January 8th through the 23rd

You have only a couple more chances to see this incredible show! If you can get tickets!

If you have any interest in comics, superheroes, the creative process or pop culture history, this show will break your heart, make you laugh and will have you conversing about this text over post-show drinks. This phenomenal production is the story of “The King of Comics,” Jack Kirby and develops an interesting look into his life, his work and his tumultuous relationship with Stan Lee. As well as a look at the publishing industry in general.

Starting in 1929 and going all the way into the 90’s, the script is as strong as Kirby’s characters and this cast is absolutely rock solid. The set by Brandon Estrella is second to none and gives the ensemble a great playing space that keeps the momentum moving through the entire show. Rob Raas-Bergquist created an incredible roller coaster for the audience, at intermission I found that the whole experience was a bit like watching Saturday morning cartoons for adults. Huge shout outs to the whole cast, Rick Espaillat, Jason Huff, Steven Sterne, James Lyle, Anastasia Greeley & Eileen McCann.

Not only is this show worth the ticket price, you will want to stick around and peruse Asa Fager’s comic book collection that he has graciously put up on display throughout the venue. Art, comedy, drama, a fantastic theatrical piece, I certainly could not want more from a show. Bravo to all involved and a seriously huge congratulations to our dear friends at Ghost Light Theatricals!

I hope you get a ticket this weekend, but even if you don’t, treat yourself to a trip to your local comic book store and help keep a magnificently important part of our culture ALIVE.

By Chelsea Madsen 

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