PopCultHQ recently viewed a performance of E.D.G.E. of Orion Theater’s staging of “A Klingon Christmas Carol“. Be sure to check out E.D.G.E. of Orion Theater’s website and catch a performance of “A Klingon Christmas Carol” before it closes on December 16th.
Here’s PopCultHQ’s spoiler-free review of…
PopCultHQ’s Theatrical Review:
A Klingon Christmas Carol
A Klingon Christmas Carol is the classic Dickens tale of Christmas, redemption and hope. It is the first play of its kind performed in Klingon, a language taken from the Star Trek franchise. The tale is both familiar and different, as names, settings, social customs and the like, are all changed to fit within the paradigm of Klingon culture.
These sets, while seemingly simple, add a great deal of depth and volume once the play begins. Walls decorated with Klingon symbols and several of their weapons remain constant throughout the first and second acts. Several boxes of varying shape provide functionality for various scenes, as both tables, a bed and seats. The lighting for the play provides excellent mood, whether it is a fully lit stage to encapsulate the whole scene, or a dramatic moment of dimming lights that ends in a single spot, surrounded by total darkness.
This adds so much to this amazing story. Instead of Victorian London, audiences are whisked across the galaxy to the Klingon home-world, during the Feast of the Long Night, a time of celebration and feasting that ends with combat games to challenge the honor and glory of different Klingon houses.
Taking Charles Dickens story, and not only reconstructing the story to fit an entirely different fictional place and culture is an impressive undertaking. Even more impressive is the cast itself, a wonderful group of performers who spend the entire play speaking their lines in Klingon, a language that is both rough and guttural, not unlike German.
Never let it be said, that the cast doesn’t rise to the occasion when a new challenge presented itself for a play. Before sitting down to enjoy the show, this reviewer along with other members of the press had a chance to do a Q and A with the director, John Teske. John was very upfront about the difficulties that came with doing this show, particularly for the cast. At one point he stated “In directing, I had a group of experienced actors who were experiencing things they’d never touched before.”
Those new experiences included learning a script that would be spoken in a fictional language, getting to learn stage combat with Klingon weaponry, as well as mannerisms in addition to taking each role and making it their own. Part of this introduction to the Klingon culture included spending two weeks learning the dialogue with the help of an instructor from the Klingon Language Institute, in addition to fight training.
All together, the cast did a phenomenal job, every single one of them. Anybody who either loves ‘Star Trek’ or ‘A Christmas Carol’ will get so much out of this play, especially because audiences will see first hand how much effort and work these players put into not only learning the dialect, but in bringing the characters to life, even on a whole different world.
PopCultHQ’s Overall Assessment
As the Christmas season is well under way, many great Christmas traditions, particularly when it comes to media and culture, are in full swing. While this may be a different sort of Christmas play to take in during the holiday season, it is also immensely enjoyable and fun to watch. To all who are fans of theater, Star Trek or Charles Dickens, please make a point to see ‘A Klingon Christmas Carol this year’. It is a treat that one should not miss out on.
5 out of 5 Stars
EDGE of Orion PRESENTS
A KLINGON CHRISTMAS CAROL
WRITTEN BY CHRISTOPHER KIDDER-MOSTROM & SASHA WARREN
At The Edge Theater, NOV 29-DEC 16
11/29, 11/30, 12/1, 12/6, 12/7 , 12/8, 12/13, 12/14, 12/15, 12/16 – 8:00pm
12/2, 12/8, 12/9,12/15, 12/16 – 3:00pm
SEE BELOW FOR BONUS SHOW MIRTH!
A Klingon Christmas Carol is the first play to be performed entirely in Klingon, a constructed language first appearing in the television series Star Trek. The play is based on the Charles Dickens novella, A Christmas Carol. A Klingon Christmas Carol is the Charles Dickens classic tale of ghosts and redemption, adapted to reflect the Klingon values of courage and honor, and then translated into Klingon, performed with English supertitles.
Bonus Show Mirth!
December 15th from 6 pm to 7 pm we are pounding the table with happiness to announce 5 Year Mission! Five Year Mission is the collaboration of five Star Trek fans who endeavor to write and record a song for each of the episodes of the original Star Trek series from the 1960s. They played at the Adler and at all the cons you love, and on this very special day, this power pop band brings a 1 hour set with blistering music and a great love for the fandom! Purchase tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3821279
More about the band here: http://fiveyearmission.net/
December 16th we wrap our series with the Queen of Qapla’ herself THE KLINGON POP WARRIOR will be seizing the stage for a one hour set that will rock the Empire! in a 1-hour concert 6-7 pm you will feel like you are at Quarks on a Friday night! https://www.klingonpopwarrior.com/
Purchase tickets here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3821977
These concerts are $15 on individually, but you’ll get 50% off when you buy a ticket to see the show. The coupon will be emailed to you when you buy your ticket online and can be applied when you order your ticket!
To take advantage of all the Kaos, buy your tickets early and get your Klingon Kringle on!