It’s a bird. . .it’s a plane. . .it’s a radio program. . .it’s a comic book. A LARGE comic book. Uhhh. . .what is it, actually?
The Intergalactic Nemesis is a stage production created by a group calling itself The Robot Planet. I saw this production last year at Durham, NC’s Carolina Theater, and since then, The Intergalactic Nemesis appears to be going strong.
So what is this strange experience like? You go into a theater and take your seat. Hovering above the stage is a gigantic screen. Below, onstage, four or five enormous radio-style stand-up microphones are situated, with voice actors stationed at them. To one side stands a truly ingenious audio-effects specialist.
The show begins. Gigantic comic book panels are projected onto the gigantic screen, while the voice actors act out (duh) all the voices. Meanwhile, the special effects person does her amazing, remarkable thing. It’s a trip.
Content? The play (if that’s what you’d call it) is titled The Intergalactic Nemesis: Book One: Target Earth. It’s all about giant bugs attacking the earth, and the end of all humanity, except that one man stands between us and Bug-a-geddon, mild-mannered librarian Timmy Menendez. . .well. . . the plot is murky. But it’s a ton of fun.
The audience is fun, too. I might have been the only one present who was not wearing a cape. Or some other Zygonian-appropriate attire. I was also one of the oldest people in the theater. A friend of mine knew I would love this. . .thing. . . and took me to it. Ahhh, there’s no nerd like an old nerd.
See for yourself: http://www.theintergalacticnemesis.com/