theaterofthearcade.jpgAs noted in my Game Play 2011 coverage, the best part of last year's festival was sadly absent. The Theater of the Arcade: Five Classic Video Games Adapted for the Stage is in my opinion the gold standard in which all game inspired stage production are to be measured by (some might also recall the somewhat similar The Wii Plays falling short on that end).

Thankfully it's making a return, as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. Five performances are slated, with the first one happening this Saturday. It's inventive yet still very much literal interpretations of classic gaming plot-points are not to be missed.

My favorite from last year was Pac-Man as a gluttonous, Ebenezer Scrooge-like individual who is haunted by the ghosts of his past, though Donkey Kong as a jealous brute that keeps his girlfriend locked in his high rise (and still under construction) apartment was equally entertaining.

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