She Kills Monsters - Review by The Daily Californian
From The Daily Californian by Caitlin Keller - February 8, 2020
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“She Kills Monsters,” presented by Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Kayla Minton Kaufman, is a delightfully fun, action-packed comedy with a skilled cast. While the show initially appears to be just a fun hour and a half of “Dungeons & Dragons” jokes, it is also a heartwarming tale about the process of overcoming grief that will enthrall all audiences, whether they are “Dungeons & Dragons” fans or not.
Domanico-Huh, in particular, leads the show with ease, providing a genuine urgency in Agnes’ quest to discover more about her sister. She is heartwarming in the show’s more vulnerable moments while also keeping up with the fight choreography, in addition to being a comedic standout. Her chemistry with Wolfe’s Tilly is also wonderful, providing the comedic show with a strong emotional base. Even the actors playing minor characters are on point with their comedic timing, especially Amanda Bailey as Steve, whose entrances never failed to incite laughs from the audience. Every actor fully commits to the occasional ridiculousness of the nerdy humor, making the show much more entertaining.
While “She Kills Monsters” is especially hilarious for fans of “Dungeons & Dragons,” the play is an eclectic comedy for all adult audiences, no matter what kind of nerd they may be. The show’s themes transcend, making “She Kills Monsters” nothing less than a delight.