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FRINGE REVIEW: Songs For Caligari

German silent film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) enters a new dimension when paired with an original score performed live beneath the silver screen. Composer Dave Clarke, joined onstage by vocalists Twilla MacLeod and Scott Shpeley, brings a modern ambience to this precursor of present-day horror while keeping things firmly rooted in the past with his expert manipulation of the theremin, a bizarre early electronic instrument that practically oozes otherworldly aura. The three flawlessly follow the film's nuances of mood in their unobtrusive, eerie performance, breathing vivid life into director Robert Wiene's macabre tale of a somnambulist. 

Five out of five stars.

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