Photo by Bren Coombs: Aaron Lyons (Vincenzio de la Vega) and Dan White (Julius Winfield)
Truth be told, I was set to attend opening night. But the show delayed one week and with a booked out schedule until the beginning of March, I thought, “Ah me!” until a block of time suddenly appeared. I’m thrilled to not have been disappointed, and ecstatic that it turned out juicier than I thought!
More important however, and what excites me most, is the fact that it is possible for a long-in-development Fringe play to have a superlative afterlife as a mainstream small theatre production.
Nothing is a sure bet in this town especially a one-off appearing in a “test and learn” environment such as Fringe offers to its participating artists. Even the most notable locals of the craft work hard in this safe, but never-the-less still competitive genre. So rising to the top and getting eyeballs watching, ears listening, mouths talking and butts in the seat is no easy feat to manage. PR, good promotion and reviews from the critics certainly will do their job. Ultimately, though, it’s the material that has to grab and keep hold of fickle audiences.
Pulp Shakespeare suffers from none of the usual ephemerality. And whatever supposition one might initially have about this work diving anywhere near the phrase “gimmick”, just toss that thought aside.
And I doth say to the writers, producers, director, cast & crew, “Well done. Trippingly…trippingly.”
It is a MUST SEE, HEAR, DO! You have until March 8th. Hie thee hence to the website or box office and get a ticket!
90 minutes without intermission
Directed by Amanda McRaven Produced by Matthew Quinn & Aaron Lyons
Now playing until March 8th, 2015
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays @8pm Sundays @ 3pm No performance February 22nd
Theater Asylum 6320 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood, CA. 90038
General admission: $20.00 in advance and $25.00 At The Door To purchase tickets online, visit www.combinedartform.com or www.pulpshakes.com For reservations, call 800-838-3006 To note the cast which appeared on Saturday February 7th performance also included understudies as well as regular players:
Pumpkin-Pie / Roger / Norman / Maynard DREW DEREK Meadsweet (Yolanda) / Jody / Player DYLAN JONES Tavern Wench / Anne / Fabiana JULIA AKS Julius Winfield IAN VERDUN Vincenzio de la Vega AARON LYONS Scottish Dave / Marvin / Sprint HANK DOUGHAN Brittanus / Waiter 2 / Ghost / Zed MATTHEW HUDACS Lord Marcellus Wallace GARY POUX Sir “Butch” Coolidge CHRISTIAN LEVATINO Lancelot / Claudio MARCELO OLIVAS Lady Mia Wallace VICTORIA HOGAN