Phantasmagoria – The Darkness Returns

October is a beautiful month. Autumn is in the air. Mother Nature begins to display the tiniest morsel of mercy. Everything suddenly emerges with a pumpkin-flavored variety or a cinnamon scent. Halloween is the climax of the entire crescendo. And… let’s not forget all of the themed celebrations throughout the month – Biketoberfest, Rocktobierfest, Beertoberfest, etc. Here in Central Florida, Phantasmagoria performances are among the best reasons to love Orlando in October. (Or should I say, Phantasmatober?)

This year’s performance, Phantasmagoria VI: The Darkness Returns is 90 minutes of non-stop enchantment. The Mandell Theater at Lowndes Shakepeare Center hosts performances Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from October 9-31, as well as two Mondays – the 19th and 26th. The venue is positively perfect for a performance of this nature. Phantasmagoria is more of an experience than a show, and Mandell Theater allows guests to be more than mere observers. If there’s one word to summarize the experience, it has to be transcendent.

The Darkness Returns features 21 players of multiple talents. It’s a macabre performance variety show intertwining storytelling with song, dance, and aerial acrobatic displays. Our beloved troupe portrays an ageless band of gypsy-esque performers trapped in a stifling existence in 1918 Berlin. As they struggle to accept a series of rippling fateful misfortunes, their natural urges emerge and classic tales erupt from within them.