Crocodile Fever premieres at Lab Theater

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The national premiere of Crocodile Fever, Meghan Tyler’s dark, bloody comedy about two sisters facing off against their tyrannical father, opens April 12 at The Laboratory Theater of Florida.
Alannah’s quiet life in 1989 Northern Ireland is disrupted when her rebellious IRA sister Fiannah comes home. The combative sisters are forced to confront their tyrannical father’s hideous legacy, and all hell breaks loose. A bloody dark comedy fueled by gin, 80s tunes, and a chainsaw, Crocodile Fever can’t end happily, but it can end gloriously.
Director Frank Blocker says, “I love a dark comedy, and this one is definitely dark. Funny. But dark. When language and character can sing from the page as if it were a score, you know you have a good play in your hands. When I was asked to direct this darkly gorgeous and gory comedy, I was disturbed as to how much I loved it.”
Blocker adds, “Sibling bonds that run very deep, the beautiful language they have with each other, religious and political oppression, and two strong female leads who champion their own destinies—these are just some of the reasons for that love. Chainsaws, amputations, drunken dancing, cannibalism, and the crocodile were just icing on the cake. It may sound insane when listed as such, yet they are what makes the show so palatable as, at its core, it’s about two people who have been through unimaginable horrors throughout their entire lives, and we know that they are but a representation of so many in Northern Ireland.”

Madelaine Weymouth and Chloe Eliott-Chan are sisters Alannah and Fianna Devlin in the National Premiere of Meghan Tyler’s Crocodile Fever at The Laboratory Theater of Florida. photo by Sisk Media


He says, “And yet it’s a comedy. I have studied comedy for decades and can attest to the adage, Good comedy comes from timing. Great comedy comes from pain. Only time can tell, but this has the potential of being great. So I am doubly happy to be directing a U.S. premiere. Perhaps part of my former New York mindset, but I would rather chart new territory when it comes to helming a production.”
Crocodile Fever features Madelaine Weymouth (Alannah Devlin), Chloe Elliott-Chan (Fianna Devlin), Art Keen (Peter “Da” Devlin), and Steven Coe (British Soldier). Set design is by Gabrielle Lansden.
Performance dates are April 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will be presented April 14, 21, 28 and May 5 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $35 each or $10 for students with valid IDs. There are half-priced previews on April 10 and 11, and a new Thursday night reduced ticket price of $27 each for adults. For tickets, call the box office at 239-218-0481.
For more information visit www.LaboratoryTheaterFlorida.com or the physical location at 1634 Woodford Avenue, in the Fort Myers River District.

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