And getting the audience involved in creating sound effects in one scene was entertaining. There are missteps here: A bizarre (and overly protracted) scene with Sansa Stark’s first menstrual period is kind of dumb.
A cast of three actors – Ali Bryce, Libby Northedge, and Toronto-born, Ireland-raised Michael Condron – play multiple roles with gusto, channeling a mock-serious, Monty Pythonesque knack for the absurd along the way. The framing premise here is that an ardent fan recruits two friends to do a G. Truth be told, though, this framing device, positing a show within a show, adds nothing of value to the mix. Martin’s fantasy world of Westeros, and, strangely, a loving tribute to its characters and storylines. tribute, despite a dearth of infrastructure, financial resources, or theatrical experience: It’s meant to be an awkward, ultra low budget tribute to the fantasy saga, and we, the audience, are cast as a theater full of potential investors.Events from the entire first season (and odds and ends from later ones) are compressed into a single show (two hours, including intermission), with such memorable moments as an opening encounter with a White Walker beyond the Wall, a litter of dire-wolves, a really good vocal imitation of Sean Bean’s noble-hearted Ned Stark, an over-inquisitive boy’s tragic tumble from a great height, an amusing (deliberately amateurish) decapitation stunt, the fiery rebirth of the ‘Mother of Dragons,’ and an unfolding tangle of scheming, treachery, promiscuity, ruthlessness, and (occasionally) honor.We even get a (deliberately clumsy) demonstration of the technique (used to good effect in movies) of “forced perspective” (in which, put simply, someone is made to look smaller by situating them further from the viewer than the person they are supposedly standing next to). Ali Bryce’s gentle, soft-spoken earnestness is particularly appealing: He’s all a-fluster as things go wrong (repeatedly) with his plans for the best Game of Thrones tribute ever.
The fan in us wishes it were actual music from the series.
Then, our wish is granted, as Ramin Djawadi’s thrillingly addictive theme from the series comes over the speakers.