Concert Review: ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ at Constellation Theatre Company

World Percussionist Tom Teasley as he performs his original score to “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” Photo Credit: Constellation Theatre Company.

On Thursday, August 10th at 8:00 PM, The Constellation Theatre Company opened its 11th season with perhaps, quite literally, a bang as renowned world percussionist Tom Teasley performed live alongside a screening of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.”

Directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer, the 1920 German silent film tells the story of a deranged doctor who utilizes his position of power in order to commit various atrocities throughout early 20th century Germany. As the film’s protagonist, Francis, recounts the story of Dr. Caligari to a stranger in a park, we learn of the mad doctor’s intentions, root for the truth to be uncovered, and are ultimately shocked when it is! (As with all good movies, there’s a serious twist of events that I totally did not see coming). Steeped with political undertones (i.e. Dr. Caligari representing power-hungry governmental organizations and Cesare, the hypnotized somnambulist, representing the common brainwashed man), “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” is heavily relevant in today’s society and is certainly recommended for all to see.

I certainly recommend Tom Teasley’s interpretation of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”…

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That being said, what’s a silent film without music? Enter Mr. Tom Teasley. World-renowned percussionist and composer Tom Teasley is no stranger to the Constellation Theatre Company. He’s composed the original scores for a plethora of previous Constellation productions including “The Arabian Nights,” “The Good Woman of Setzuan,” “The Oresteia,” “Temptation,” and “Crazyface” (just to name a few). Additionally, he’s the winner of countless awards and has an impressive array of international performances (Teasley has performed in various locations throughout the world including…

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