Russell Goes From Screen to Stage with Mindgame

Ken Russell's Mindgame!It’s been a while since we’ve heard from The Devils and Lair of the White Worm director Ken Russell, outside of his segment of “>Trapped Ashes (review). Seems the reason for that is he’s moved from film to stage and his latest directing gig has been for Mindgame, a play written by Anthony Horowitz.

Keith Caradine and Lee Godart star in Mindgame, Caradine playing the director of an insane asylum and the Godart a pulpy crime writer. It’s up to the audience to decide which one of them is the serial killer at the heart of the play’s story.

Crime writer Mark Styler is hoping to get an interview with a famed cannibalistic serial killer who’s been locked up for years at Fairfields insane asylum. Dr. Farquhar refuses his request but as Styler tries to make his leave, he finds the doors are locked. He’s become the latest unwitting participant in the good doctor’s psychiatric experiments.

Though the review I read of Mindgame in Variety (graciously brought to my attention by our lovely Heather) called it more silly than scary, it still sounds like a fun way to spend an evening, if nothing else to watch this duo chew through scenery like it’s a hearty dinner.

Mindgame is currently playing at the SoHo Playhouse in New York. Check out its official site to gettickets and learn more about it!

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