Into the abyss

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‘Love and Hu­man Re­mains’ of­fers sex, drugs and hor­ror.

Hor­ror movies are big busi­ness. Hor­ror plays? They aren’t so com­mon. But In­fi­nite Abyss founder Erynn Dalton has found one she digs so much that she’s been in it twice.

When­the now-de­funct Sol Theatre Project did Cana­dian play­wright Brad Fraser’s “Uniden­ti­fied Hu­man Re­mains and the True Na­ture of Love” in 2006, Dalton played Benita, a psy­chic and sto­ry­teller with a pen­chant for sex, drugs, hor­ror tales and the lit­tle ditty “Laven­der Blue.”

Now, at the Abyss Theatre in Wil­ton Manors where the play is be­ing pre­sented un­der the ti­tle “Love and Hu­man Re­mains” (that­was also the ti­tle of the1993 Cana­dian movie ver­sion of the play), Dalton is back in the ter­ror-meets-eroti­cism busi­ness.

This time, Dalton has staged the pro­duc­tion, and she’s play­ing Candy, one of the young adults who’s wor­ried that there’s a se­rial killer on the loose. She’s right, ac­tu­ally. She just doesn’t re­al­ize yet that the mad mur­derer is some­one she knows.

The hor­ror story is jux­ta­posed against a more “con­ven­tional” tale of sin­gles look­ing for love. The denizens of this deadly spot in the Pa­cific North-west are gay, straight, bi/ un­de­cided, male, fe­male, pro­mis­cu­ous, seek­ing a part­ner, hot for sex or wary of it. All in all, the pool of po­ten­tial vic­tims runs deep.

In the mid­dle of it all are Candy (Dalton) and her gay room­mate David (An­ton Si­mon), an ac­tor-turned-server whose thing is quick, anony­mous sex. Candy would pre­fer a re­la­tion­ship, but she’s not sure whether it should be with bar­tender Robert (Mitch Le­mos) or teacher Jerri (Siob­han Nolan), so she gives both a whirl.

Also in the seething mix of li­bidos are Bernie (Do­minick J. Daniel), amar­ried long­time pal of Candy and David who keeps show­ing up at their place mys­te­ri­ously blood­ied; Kane (Phillip An­drew Santiago), a rich-kid teen bus­boy who soon learns that play­ing with the big kids can be risky; and Benita (Daryl Pa­trice), who dresses as if to sat­isfy some­one’s school­girl fetish and who gets deep plea­sure from shar­ing ur­ban leg­ends de­signed to make the skin crawl.

Dalton, who also did the show’s sound de­sign, and light­ing de­signer Mike Gra­ham keep things murky and creepy. Some­one whis­pers, “Ev­ery­body lies,” and you won­der if the speaker is be­hind you – or, gulp, be­side you.

“Love and Hu­man Re­mains” is an In­fi­nite Abyss pro­duc­tion run­ning through March18 at the Abyss Theatre, 2304N. Dixie High­way, Wil­ton Manors. Show times are 8 p.m. Thurs­day-Satur­day. Tick­ets cost $25. To or­der, call 954-519-2533 or go to is­land­c­i­tys­tage.org.

CHRIS BARE/COUR­TESY

Do­minick J. Daniel and An­ton Si­mon make a con­nec­tion in In­fi­nite Abyss’ “Love and Hu­man Re­mains.”

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