Intense and Funny – The Gift Theatre Presents The Locusts at Theater Wit (Through November 19, 2022)

Ella returns to her hometown of Vero Beach, FL, to help find a serial killer. She normally works as a researcher and profiler, but she is sent into the field for this case because of her familiarity with the city. While she is there, the death toll keeps rising as clues slowly come to light.

Jennifer Rumberger has written a play that is not for the faint of heart. There are many greatly terrifying and gruesome stories told. Thus, it is very appropriate for the Halloween season. However, it is not all serious as there are surprisingly many great moments of comic relief.

Photos by Sarah Elizabeth Larson

The positioning of the stage and the seats could use some improvement. A lot of the action takes place very far away from most of the audience. So, when facing the longest row of seats, sit as far to the left as possible.

Cyd Blakewell is excellent as Ella, who is very smart and determined while also battling the dark history she has in her hometown Brittany Burch (The Minutes) is great as her sister, who is very worried about her daughter and upset that Ella left town. Mariah Sydnei Gordon is full of youthful energy as the daughter, who tells great horror stories to her grandmother. Renee Lockett is solid as the grandmother, who is so supportive of her granddaughter’s dreams. Jennifer Glasse is fierce as the sheriff of Vero Beach who wishes she could get more funding instead of having outsiders come in to help. Patrick Weber is superb as the new cop eager to prove himself and catch the killer.

Cost of a ticket: $38

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Get tickets now for The Locusts through November 19th!

Quinn Delaney

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