Milwaukee's InTandem Theatre is known for its love of comedy. And the play opening Thursday falls square in the realm of comedy.
Local playwright Michael Neville wrote Dracula Vs. the Nazis a couple decades ago, and InTandem put it on ten years ago. It’s a two-person, quick-change show that sees each actor take on multiple roles.
The show stars Doug Jarecki and Chris Flieller, reprising his role from the original production. The men play about six or seven characters each, which can be pretty challenging.
"You're jumping from one storyline to another, and there are times when we're backstage with our quick changes and we have that moment like, 'Okay, what the heck are we next?'" says Jarecki. "You kind of have to wait until you have your clothes on to remember who you are," Flieller interjects.
The plot focuses on two different machines: an occult machine, which bestows eternal life and a man-made machine, which transports people to a parallel universe. The storyline gets a bit more complicated from there, but sufficient to say it involves Hitler, Dracula and a parallel universe version of Eva Braun.
Dracula Vs. the Nazis, opens Thursday, October 6 and runs through the end of the month at InTandem Theatre.