The Tragedy of Tom Riddle - Review


"The Tragedy of Tom Riddle"

Reviewer: Rick Maurer

Odd's Bodkin's Shakespearean play, "The Tragedy of Tom Riddle," asks the eternal question “is better to love or dominate all?” The play tells the Harry Potter story from Lord Voldemort's perspective with Shakespearean prose and rhyme. Tom Riddle is convinced that love is a weakness allowing the half blood magic users to destroy the perfect order of pure blood wizardry. Only by destroying these muggles and seizing absolute power can Tom achieve a new golden age of magic under his benevolent leadership of course. The play revolves around his attempts to manipulate, coerce, and murder to accomplish this goal but his megalomania and ruthlessness blinding him to the power of love. Viewers should not expect a complete retelling of the Harry Potter stories though. Characters and events have been changed to provide a more Shakespearean feel for the story complete with entertaining musical numbers at the beginning and intermission. Harry Potter fans will enjoy a different perspective on this timeless tale and get to see the villains take center stage. The rhyming was brilliant and witty. Despite its dark theme, the play is sprinkled with comedy and humor to lighten the mood. Tom Riddle and Peter Pettigrew are comic gold in their interactions. "The Tragedy of Tom Riddle" is a good show for Harry Potter fans and theater lovers to enjoy.

Tickets can be purchased by emailing For more information or to purchase tickets, you can visit

Performance days include:

Saturday, May 26th, Sunday, May 27th

All performances are at 2 p.m. at the Cornservatory Theatre, 4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60618.

Tickets: $20 for adults, $5 for students.


Rick Maurer is a regular contributor to the Geek n Out Blog.

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Posted on May 22, 2018 and filed under theater.