Of Dice and Men, Revisited: A Non-Gamer Perspective from Guest Blogger Abby Doud

Last week, my GEEKend post highlighted some stellar theatre going on in our city.  In it, I promised a more extensive review of Otherworld Theatre‘s Of Dice and Men.  Here’s the twist- today’s review isn’t written by me.  Instead, I’ve invited a brand new guest blogger, Abby Doud, to share her thoughts.

Abby is a geek, but not of the gaming kind.  Before Of Dice and Men, she hadn’t touched tabletop roleplaying.  I enjoyed the show.  That said, I was floored by how much Abby loved it, despite not having much context for the references.  I figured the cast and crew at Otherworld would appreciate hearing from a non-gamer.  So, here’s the review by Abby Doud:

*****

Abigail Doud

Abby Doud

When Lauren invited me to see the press preview of Otherworld Theatre’s Of Dice and Men, I had no idea what to expect.  I had never played Dungeons & Dragons before. My beloved boyfriend was kind enough to give me a crash course on the basics of D&D to ensure no jokes went over my head.

The following day, I donned my favorite combat boots and braved the cold for the sake of theatre and new experiences. After a Red Line ride and a grueling half-mile walk on snow-laden sidewalks, my body was completely frozen by the time I reached the playhouse.  My toes were wavering between numb and burning.  Let me say that the play was worth the pain.

Being about gamers, the show could have easily turned into a painful one-dimensional portrayal of nerd stereotypes. This was certainly not the case thanks to the stellar writing and imaginative acting. You can’t help but fall in love with all of the characters by the end of the show. They are all people you have come across at one time or another: the jock, the best friends since elementary school, the cute girl you secretly adore, and the husband who doesn’t give a lick about D&D but happily chops off monsters’ faces to spend time with his wife.

In addition to the usual suspects, there are also their gaming alter egos.  These heroes are hilariously introduced throughout the show.  My favorite moment was when we discovered that one of the sweetest characters masquerades as a crude, hammer-wielding dwarf during game sessions.  I can’t help but chuckle about it as I write.

Whether you are a Dungeon Master, an avid gamer, or simply someone like me who enjoys the arts and wants to support a fantastic sci-fi theatre company, you should check out Of Dice and Men. Otherworld Theatre puts on a delightful show that goes beyond the realm of gaming. It will make you laugh, and it brings a fresh new look on the age-old themes of the importance of friendship and the pursuit of happiness.

Promotional image for Of Dice and Men

Of Dice and Men – Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 7:30 PM, Sun at 3:00 PM thru March 30th.  The Public House Theatre, 3914 N. Clark. $15, tickets available HERE.

*****

Thanks for the analysis, Abby!  Can’t wait to bring you as my date to more shows. 🙂

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