The Frankenstein of popular culture is not the Frankenstein Mary Shelley created. Her monster was an intelligent and articulate creature born of man's attempt to master the forces of life, but who sadly grew to loathe both his creator and himself. It was a radical debut novel for a twenty-year-old woman in nineteenth-century England, but was it really a novel? Inspired by the elements of Shelley's own life that peer through the trappings of the Gothic horror story, Ellie Schwetye and Rachel Tibbetts wondered if Frankenstein is actually an autobiography. It is this belief that galvanizes Mary Shelley Monster Show, a new play conceived by Schwetye and Tibbetts and written by Nick Otten. Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble presents Mary Shelley Monster Show at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (August 20 through 30) at the Chapel (6238 Alexander Drive; 314-827-5760 or www.slightlyoff.org). Tickets are $15 to $20.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Aug. 20. Continues through Aug. 30, 2014

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