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Fringe reviews are the theatrical equivalent of Yelp posts — written by audience members (NOT professional critics) who want to generously share their impressions with other real-life theater-goers. Since they’re on the short side (compared to the rambling dissertations penned by most paid reviewers), I thought I’d moosh them all together into one page. Feasting…

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On its most visceral level, the power of good theater, as with all great art, lies in its capacity to take us by surprise. Obversely, to see it coming — whether it’s a standup’s punch line, a magician’s misdirection, an actor’s line delivery or a playwright’s choice and ordering of the words — is a…

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Truly an engaging piece of drama, performance art, and macabre (done with style, mystery, and rich characters) — this enticing production can only be found at the wonderfully inventive and original theatre company known as Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood. Ghosts Of The Underground is a fresh twist on the unexpected and…

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Halfway through Ghosts Of The Underground’s opening night, I had the strongest sense of deja vu. Not simply because I recognized about half the cast, nor because I’ve attended many a show at Zombie Joe’s. No, my imagination summoned up a series of silent movies. Doctor Mabuse, Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and M….

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Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre has been experimenting of late. Starting last year they, began experimenting with removing the stage, removing the chairs, and pushing the bounds of where their theatre starts and ends. Each time ZJU pushes the boundary of their stage to include the entire theatre, they deliver a more powerful performance than the…

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Zombie Joe’s Underground has long been L.A.’s premier stage purveyor of psychological horror. The theater’s signature production, Urban Death (whose current incarnation closes May 31), remains a viscerally potent iteration of the subgenre’s first tenet — that which is unseen is far more spine-chilling than that which is visible in the light of day. Manicomio,…

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“Manicomio” is Spanish for “insane asylum.” No one told me that before seeing the play of that title, the latest offering from Zombie Joe’s in North Hollywood. Methinks folks were having a tiny bit of fun at my expense. In fact, it probably soured my mood ever so slightly towards the work. When a title…

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Like many of the shows at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, Manicomio is an avant garde ensemble piece that was collaboratively workshopped by the director with his cast. Director Sebastian Muñoz asked each of his cast members to choose a specific mental illness, suggested that they dig into their own experiences for ways in which to…

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Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in North Hollywood has another strange, scary, engaging, euphoric, hypnotic and extremely eclectic performance art piece you must see — called “Manicomio.” This show is about a place no one ever wants to go to, either mentally or physically — but once you‘re in (and you go in), this amazingly complex…

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Manicomio — a manicure? A fancy Italian combover (that makes the combover cool again before combovers were ever cool)? A snazzy combination manicure/combover using one’s nail clippings to cover the offending bare scalp, like some drag queen’s all too cuticle rhinestone skullcap? I enter the black box theatre that is ZJU to a packed house….

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