Fierce and fearless artists of Ochre House rattle your soul with second premiere of Dr. Bobaganush

Matthew Posey, genius behind The Ochre House, writer and director of most of their shows, has a unique gift for creating absurd, strange, shticky, profane, hilarious pieces with a cynical undercurrent. I say this with great admiration. Cynicism is often a powerful impetus for brilliant satire. Dr. Bobaganush is a bold, funny, fierce indictment of the holocaust and our current regime. As an elderly Jewish friend of mine once pointed out, the parallels are ugly and unsettling, and Posey has used his magnificent craft to stir us to the quick. You don’t know whether to weep or guffaw. It’s not difficult to watch until the very end.

Dr. Bobaganush (and his Carnival of Wonders) travels the European hinterlands with his family in a wagon, a mash-up of slapstick, prophesy and prestidigitation. Ochre House shows have a tendency to blend the comedic, oracular and grotesque and this one is no exception. The characters include Anne Frank and Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan. Anne is dressed to suggest Dorothy Gale of Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz series. When she spends the night in Bobaganush’s wagon, his decrepit dad chases her sporting (what must be) an enormous erection. Ugh! Someone needs to put grandpa on a leash. For all the stuff and nonsense the doctor and his clan offer as entertainment, he undoubtedly has access to genuine psychic powers. While Anne and the Van Daans flee the Nazis, he senses something nefarious in the air. It’s obvious to the audience he’s on the right track, but at that time, no one could believe that such a ridiculous, unbalanced little megalomaniac could win such widespread advocacy, or wield such pervasive, toxic influence.

As I have already suggested, you never know what to expect when you visit The Ochre House, but it’s all to the good. For some reason, Posey’s bizarre combinations of the traumatic, banal, humorous and vaudevillian works inexplicably well, and no one who loves theatre should miss the opportunity to go. As you may have heard, Posey is recovering from a horrible assault, forcing them to cancel the run of Dr. Bobaganush, and more’s the pity. We need artists like Posey, now more than ever. I sincerely hope and pray that with our love, good wishes and support he will be restored to full health, and this phenomenal, miraculous, necessary show can be expeditiously revived. God speed to Matthew Posey and his remarkable team of actors, creators, and musicians.

The Ochre House Theatre: Dr. Bobaganush. 825 Exposition Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75226. 214-826-6273.


Doctor Bobaganush: Matthew Posey

Madame Bobaganush: Marti Etheridge

Anne: Elizabeth Evans

Peter: Christian Taylor

Boobi: Chris Sykes

Mrs. Van Daan: Cassie Bann

Mr. Van Daan: Kevin Grammer

Frau Kina Hora: Carla Parker

Herr Lipschitz: Mitchell Parrack


Woodwinds: Jeffrey Barnes

Percussion: Bobby Fajardo, Stefan Gonzales

Bass: Aaron Gonzales

Accordian: Earl Norman

Lead Vocal: Trey Pendergrass

Guitar: Gregg Prickett

Creative Team:

Composer/Music Director: Earl Norman

Lyrics: Matthew Posey and Mitchell Parrack

Scenic Artist: Izk Davies

Costume Design: Amie Carson

Set Design: Matthew Posey

Props and Puppet Design: Justin Locklear

Lighting Design: Kevin Grammer

Choreography: Delilah Arrebola

Carpenters: Justin Locklear, Kevin Grammer and Mitchell Parrack

Stage Management: Madeleine Morris

House Management: Cynthia Webb

House Staff: Ruth Fajardo

Photography: Richard Hart

Graphic Designer: Jeremy Word

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