5 Around Town's 5 favorite things about Young Frankenstein at Dock Street Theatre

Published: Oct. 21, 2014 at 7:46 PM EDT|Updated: Jan. 23, 2015 at 9:08 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Let's start with an embarrassing admission. I have never seen the film "Young Frankenstein." Blasphemy, I know. I am, however, familiar with the "Putting on the Ritz" scene. And, of course, I am aware of the story and other works by Mel Brooks.

Actually, not knowing the intricacies of this particular storyline may have made the stage show even more enjoyable. And enjoyable was it ever.

Without further adieu, here are 5 Around Town's five favorite things about "Young Frankenstein," currently playing at Dock Street Theatre.

1 - Inga

Inga is portrayed by Jocelyn Lonquist, who is a recent college grad. You wouldn't know it based on her performance. Lonquist shows poise and ease as if she's been doing this for decades. And her voice is a dream. You can also see the Florida native as Mrs. Crachit when "A Christmas Carol" takes the Charleston Stage in December.

2 - Putting on the Ritz

As previously mentioned, this was the only scene I was aware of from the Mel Brooks classic. And the stage version did not disappoint. Kyle Barnette (The Monster) stole the scene, as well he should have.

3 - He Vas My Boyfriend

Another strong female voice is that of Becca Anderson, who plays Frau Blucher. In 2014, Anderson was named Critic's pick for Best Local Actress by The City Paper. After watching her perform "He Vas My Boyfriend," I can totally understand why.

4 - The Historic Dock Street Theatre Atmosphere

While I've only been in Charleston a few mere months, it shouldn't be a shock that I had not yet attended a show at the Dock Street. However, I have been quite surprised by the amount of locals I've talked to that have never been to the theater. If you have not been, you are missing out. Built in 1809 as a hotel, the building was converted to a theater in 1935. The original Dock Street Theatre opened in 1736 but is believed to have been destroyed in the great fire of 1740. That locale was the first building in America built to be used exclusively for theatrical performances. And as if that isn't reason enough to love the theater, there's not a bad seat in the house and the acoustics are amazing.

5 - The Entire Cast

As alluded to in the previous four points, the cast of this local production is excellent. I was more than pleasantly surprised. In fact, when I text a pal to say the show was great, he responded with, "Easy. It's not Broadway." You could've fooled me.

"Young Frankenstein" plays through November 2nd, when the stage will be set for "A Christmas Carol," opening December 5.

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