I have only one theatrical review, and a bit of random “chit chat” for you this week
My friend Stan and I enjoyed margaritas and dinner at the world famous El Coyote, on our way to a wildly bizarre, “over the top,” late night production in Hollywood. Having been a loyal customer there since my teen years … the food, drinks, ambience, and buzzy energy has just never changed! If you just happen to be one of the minority who has never been there … you must!
Hemophelia’s House of Horrors – Presented by The Visceral Company, Dedicated to Presenting “Killer Shows from Darker Places”
Cleverly conceived and directed by Dan Spurgeon, with the manic sketches and darkly whacky songs written by Matt DeNoto … this is an eerily entertaining production. “A horror-themed comedy variety show,” best suited I feel, for a young gen-ex audience, the insanity and decadent humor is beyond outrageous! Billed as “bone-chilling comedy with puppets and freaky songs” … an energetic cast of eight actors take us to the dark side of life repeatedly, in nine comedically creepy scenes. Linking the madly macabre skits with ghoulish high energy patter, Lara Fisher is hilarious as our chilling hostess, “Hemophelia.” Sort of a cross between TV’s Elvira and Lady Gaga … her makeup, costuming, and kinky patter are “other worldly!” My fave scene was “Habeas Corpus,” written by Jana Wimer, and utilizing the eerie art of puppetry. I also really like “Conjoined Love.” This cleverly wordless scene depicts two goofy and animated conjoined clown magicians, who share a flirtation with a pretty girl. The outcome is most unexpected! The entire outrageously high energy cast seemed to be having a blast in these zany roles. They are: Lara Fisher, Torrey Halverson, Brian Prisco, Matt DeNoto, Cynthia Zitter, Samm Hill, Casey Christenson, and sizzling standout, Cloie Wyatt Taylor. Lighting by Dave Sousa, sound by Dan Spurgeon, crazy specialty costumes by Erica D. Schwartz, and choreography by Cloie Wyatt Taylor … all set the eerie tone playfully. Be Aware: Not for the easily offended … there is a whopping dose of blood and guts, sexual innuendo, belly laughs, and decidedly dark situations … played out with kinky “tongue in cheek” hilarity! Certainly not the choice for prim and proper theatergoers … but riotously decadent for open minded theatrical thrill seekers. Only you can decide which of those two categories you fall into….
Running Friday and Saturday nights at 10:30 (a 70-minute show) through June 8 at The Lex Theatre located at 6760 Lexington Ave. in Hollywood. Tickets are only $15 each. For reservations go to visceralcompany.com.
The Victory Theatre in Burbank – Owned by Tom Ormeny and Maria Gobetti
Their cabaret styled fundraiser, directed by Cate Caplin on Sunday night was a lot of fun! Hosted humorously by Derrel Maury, and titled “The Big Tease” … headliner Jay Johnson and his lifelike puppet Bob, were as always a big hit! The roster of singers, dancers, musicians, strippers, comics, and novelty acts were also highly impressive! In this era of de-funding the arts, smaller theatres struggle to “follow their dreams.” These fundraising events help to keep their stage lights burning … for our pleasure.
This new and “very cool” shop has just opened up along Magnolia Park’s eclectic row of vintage and specialty shops. Owner Jamie is thrilled to be “the new kid on the block,” and hopes you will all stop in to check it out! Featuring Retro and Rockabilly clothing and accessories, Tiki Ware, Retro Kitsch, etc. she will soon also include a gallery section, featuring the art work of local artists. To learn more about her vision in the future, you can like them on Facebook.
That’s about it for the week, folks. Back next time with more suggestions to fill your leisure time. We all must work to pay our bills … but a varied social life and entertainment schedule is what nurtures the soul! The is Los Angeles, folks … There is always something fun and rewarding to do!