Published on November 12th, 2012 | by Greg


Ware­house of Hor­ror: Ug­ly Rhi­no’s Gowanus Time Warp

Ex­per­i­men­tal the­ater meets Hal­loween, with a few in­ter­est­ing cock­tails in­clud­ed: it seems like a recipe for fun. Es­pe­cial­ly con­sid­er­ing that New York City didn’t re­al­ly get to cel­e­brate a Hal­loween, this show was a chance to cap­ture a bit of the hol­i­day spir­it. Air­ing at the love­ly venue Brook­lyn Lyceum in Gowanus, this pro­duc­tion ran from Oc­to­ber 12th to Novem­ber 1st, though we didn’t get to check it out un­til the last night of the show.

Nonethe­less, with a name like Ware­house of Hor­ror, we were ex­cit­ed to see ex­act­ly what Ug­ly Rhi­no had in store for us. They do some in­ter­est­ing work- we pre­vi­ous­ly saw their sold-out run of Cen­tralia, and they clear­ly learned some lessons in struc­tur­ing the event to bet­ter han­dle the crowds and achieve con­sis­tent cock­tails. In­stead of se­lect­ing your own cock­tail at var­i­ous points in the per­for­mance, this time they had the a spe­cif­ic in­ter­est­ing bev­er­age ready to go at the bar- no wait­ing for mix­ing or has­sling with menus. And the drinks were bet­ter- still fun recipes, one in­clud­ing ed­i­ble glit­ter- though all of them were iced and the venue was in­cred­i­bly chilly, to the point where sip­ping or even hold­ing a cold liq­uid was un­for­tu­nate­ly dif­fi­cult.

At­ten­dees were ush­ered in to a large room and told to watch out for their guide- and min­utes lat­er, a few dis­tinc­tive in­di­vid­u­als showed up, with leather jack­ets or blue hair. For the next cou­ple of hours, we fol­lowed our guide through the var­i­ous rooms, learn­ing a the­o­ret­i­cal his­to­ry of the build­ing. At each room, we’d watch a few ac­tors in a sort of re-en­act­ment of what had hap­pened one fate­ful pe­ri­od in 1973. The sto­ry was re­mark­ably sol­id: it’s hard not to love a good mob­ster tale that in­cludes an un­der­ground rave, hook­ers with hearts of gold, and even mind con­trol drugs. It all spools out nice­ly; even if the end isn’t par­tic­u­lar­ly sus­pense­ful, you find your­self caught up in the jour­ney.

Non-tra­di­tion­al sto­ry­telling com­bined with some haunt­ed house el­e­ments- it works best with ac­tors that stay in char­ac­ter, and are a lit­tle over-the-top. And cheers for the cast, some of whom had some chal­leng­ing roles to play over­look­ing the group of twen­ty peo­ple gawk­ing mere feet away. Ac­tors in­clud­ed Michael Bern­stein, Denise Dumper, Cori Hundt, Jaime Lam­chick, Kaitlin
Lawrence, Jen­nifer McVey, Brit­tany Park­er, An­na Per­czak, Lau­ren Roth,Jo­di Savitz, Lia Tam­bor­ra and Har­ri­son Unger.

Per­haps it was the storm or the cold or the fact it was clos­ing night: but the en­er­gy for a tru­ly, mem­o­rably scary pro­duc­tion wasn’t quite there. En­ter­tain­ing, in­ter­est­ing, but not quite an ex­pe­ri­ence that ful­ly gelled. But it’s not to ap­pre­ci­ate Ug­ly Rhi­no’s Ware­house of Hor­ror, the trio of drinks for the very rea­son­able $20 tick­et­ing charge, and a very New York ex­pe­ri­ence. We look for­ward to see­ing what else they have in store for us: whether the im­prov the­atri­cal drink­ing game to­mor­row night (11/12) or the Cin­e­mat­ic drink­ing game with live jazz sched­uled for next month, all at the Brook­lyn Lyceum.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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