It’s only been within the last 10 years that I watched HEATHERS for the first time. Ironically enough, my mom, who isn’t known for being the biggest fan of films that showcase excessive violence, was the one who showed me the movie. She herself is a fan of the film, and though it was my first time watching the cult-classic, I had known about its existence for quite some time. Recently, it was brought to my attention that a musical parody of HEATHERS existed and luckily for me, I didn’t have to look far to find a performance!
For those of us who live in Los Angeles, the idea of a dream home being given to us is more than a dream—it’s a unicorn dancing on the head of Nicholas Cage who is shooting marshmallow cupcakes at Big Bird while singing “Fireworks” by Katy Perry illusion of a fantasy. We have all seen those illusions so many times and we know there is always something rotten behind such a beautiful façade.
As a first time attendee of the Wicked Lit event, I was excited to finally get to see a production. I joined Shannon, who had been to previous shows for something a little different. In past years I had heard about the cemetery performances in the graveyard and was intrigued to see that staging. However, this year the creative team behind Wicked Lit has crafted a more intimate experience for their audience to explore the hallowed halls of the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena among its permanent residents.
Welcome witches and warlocks,
I had the great pleasure of attending Fallen Saints: Dark by Force of Nature Productions and figured I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow theater enthusiasts. To best describe the story, I will use my own plot summary
One of the reasons why I love living near Los Angeles is because of the amount of different immersive and theatrical performances that I get to attend. Recently I had the opportunity to check out After Hours Theater Company’s ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST - a perfect blend of immersion and theatrics adapted by Dale Wasserman, based on the novel by Ken Kesey.
Shoreside has certainly seen better days. Sure, there is still popcorn on offer, games to be played, and a duo of musicians strumming out staples like Sea of Love, but the wooden planks lining much of the boardwalk combined with the graffiti tell a tale of a seaside destination on the decline. It is into this world that we first step as we approach the Garry Marshall Theater to see Rogue Artists Ensemble production of Wood Boy Dog Fish.
Many times throughout the year, I am grateful to have a place to go to fill my horror needs at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, a place I’ve learned to call home these past two and a half years. I always look forward to their horror performances and I rarely, if ever, find myself disappointed. As Halloween rapidly approaches, I’ve learned that I can always depend on Zombie Joe’s to put on a performance unlike anyone else. For the spookiest season of the year, Zombie Joe brings back Urban Death: Tour of Terror and it was everything that I could have asked for and more.
Welcome witches and warlocks,
I had the great pleasure of attending Fallen Saints: Dia de Los Muertos and I figured I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow immersive theater enthusiasts. A quick note, this is the event’s second year in existence and it is my first time attending, so I might not have caught all of the Easter eggs put in for those who saw last year’s event.
TALES FROM TOMORROW is the latest theatrical show from the folks over at Force of Nature Productions. Broken up into six vignettes, each story is reminiscent of shows such as "Tales From the Crypt", "Black Mirror", and "The Twilight Zone", that will leave you thinking of their impact long after the show has ended.
The Vagrancy's NORMAL is the brightest light in all of 2017's Fringe Festival. And do not try to fight me on it. This hour-long theatrical work rocks its audience with a brand of potent simplicity and flawless dynamism befitting canonical pieces of high culture from the likes of Samuel Beckett or Peter Shaffer. Better yet, NORMAL proceeded to cling to me in ways those bits of high school required reading could not.
As I've said many times in the past, Zombie Joe's Underground Theater never ceases to amaze me. Every few months, a new show is presented that shocks the audience with it's powerful performances and social commentary. In Zombie Joe's latest show, "Tortured Souls", guests are enveloped within the performances from the actors as their stories of personal hell begin to unfold. The show itself is very immersive and of course horror-themed, where we are taken on a wild journey through the depths of our darkest nightmares.
We are all familiar with Charles Dicken's classic Christmas tale, "A Christmas Carol", but imagine for a minute, a much more dramatic telling of the story. You would still have your ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, but guests would have the chance to see the story unfold as if it were a Telenovela Mexican soap adaptation. After seeing the classic so many times, it was refreshing to see a new twist to a beloved story. "A Telenovela Christmas Carol" is written by Adam Neubauer and Sebastian Muñoz of Force of Nature Productions, and is a follow up from last year's hit "TELENOVELA" This year they bring back the same characters as well as introduce new characters to an entirely new world and story. Not only do we get to join them in their hilarity and despair during the holiday season, but we also get a taste of some passion, seduction, and redemption as well as musical numbers during the re-telling of the Dicken's classic.
Last year, I had the chance to attend Unbound Productions WICKED LIT and I was left breathless. It was hands down my favorite event of the Halloween season and something that I was anticipating for 2016. For those not familiar with Wicket Lit, it’s performances that showcase three plays from classic horror literature. This year, Unbound Productions took on three new stories featuring H.P. Lovecraft’s “From Beyond”, Anansi and the Demons, and Ellen Glasgow’s “The Shadowy Third.” Along with these three performances, Wicked Lit also has a theme that carried throughout the evening. This theme was a camp retreat for the living, dead, and undead and it lent itself to some much needed laughter in-between each of the plays performances. What really gives Wicked Lit that perfect Halloween feel is that all of these performances are done at the Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena, CA. You couldn’t ask for a more appropriate setting than that.