Some celebrate Halloween by trick-or-treating. Others celebrate by getting black-out drunk. My Primary Movie-Going Companion and I decided to celebrate last night by seeing a live musical version of a gory horror film from the 80’s. That’s right folks, it’s Re-Animator: The Musical.
As much as I enjoy participating in musical theater, it is not often that I have the opportunity to actually see a live show. It is an expensive hobby, unless you know how to game the system. And luckily one of my notoriously frugal friends knows how to do just that. After all, a reasonably priced ticket is probably the only reason you would ever see me sitting in the audience at We Will Rock You, the musical experience by Queen and Ben Elton (whoever the hell that is).
All of my fans – the Cohen-heads – know what the main endeavor in my life has been of late: Fraggled Productions‘ upcoming run of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at The Cupcake Theater in Hollywood. After a long, arduous month of rehearsal, we open in two days (Friday, May 2nd). The entire cast and crew is primed to make a big splash in the world-famous Los Angeles indie theatre community. But such quality can only arise from hard work, dedication, and hours of talking and singing in weird voices.
Theatre is a unique medium; it offers the opportunity to showcase odd stories without being too concerned about box office. Sure every production should be trying to make money, but there is a lot more room for experimentation on the stage than there is on the screen. David Ives is one of the men taking these kinds of chances. His one-act collection All in the Timing is an influential and inspirational work. Ives continues to sharpen his craft in his most recent play, Venus in Fur.