Murdercastle, Baltimore Rock Opera Society

Come on, we all know what kinds of entertainments the Baltimore Rock Opera Society produces: monuments to epic heaviosity riddled with campy LOLs perfect for sincerely raising devil-horn hands while ironically banging one's head. With Murdercastle, the members of BROS proved that they don't always reside at the intersection of Wagner and hair metal. Co-writers Jared Margulies and John DeCampos' slowly developing portrait of late 19th-century serial killer H. H. Holmes not only realized a believable dawn-of-electricity-age Chicago but gradually built to a quietly disturbing and genuinely upsetting drama of sociopathic logic-and bravely didn't end in the falsely comforting safety of evil being punished.

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