Posts Tagged ‘Absinthe Opium & Magic 1920’s Shanghai’

ABSINTHE, OPIUM, & MAGIC Returns, hosted by The Actors’ Gang

April 23, 2010

If you missed its extended run in Hollywood last year, I strongly suggest you check out the Grand Guignolers’ restaging of ABSINTHE, OPIUM, & MAGIC:  1920s SHANGHAI coming to The Actors’ Gang at the Ivy Substation in Culver City.  Read the review to get a feel for the good times you are in store for…

 

ABSINTHE, OPIUM, & MAGIC:  1920’s SHANGHAI

Popular entertainment will always cater to the lowest common denominator.  Regardless of your highfalutin’ thoughts of “art and culture,” what people want is titillation and escape:  graphic violence, high cut slits, and low cut blouses.

And you get it in spades.  Take a look at the top selling video games and films of the recent past:  you’ve found sex, drugs, and explosions larger than California’s current budget woes.

So what does it take to get an audience out for live theater?  One draw should be an experience unlike any found at home or the cinema.

Debbie McMahon’s Grand Guignolers take that to heart, and provide a fully encompassing presentation that begins outside the door to the theater, and continues to pull you in during a fully immersive evening of entertainment.

If only every lobby and pre-show was so buzzing with activity, revelry, and joy.
Sigh…

Thematic content includes:  Sex, Violence, Self Destruction, Drug Use, Puppets, Singing, Dance/ Movement, Lowbrow, Humor

Absinthe, Opium, & Magic: 1920’s Shanghai
5/7 to 5/29 Th F Sa $25-$30
8pm pre show & Absinthe
8:30 curtain
Suggested Dress: Vintage/ Cocktail NO LATE SEATING
Map of the Ivy Substation
Purchase tickets
Visit the Grand Guignoler website
Visit The Actors’ Gang website
Contact the production/ producers

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Thomas Hampton Reviews Absinthe, Opium, & Magic: 1920’s Shanghai -Grand Guignolers

January 13, 2010

Absinthe, Opium, & Magic:  1920’s Shanghai

Popular entertainment will always cater to the lowest common denominator.  Regardless of your highfalutin’ thoughts of “art and culture,” what people want is titillation and escape:  graphic violence, high cut slits, and low cut blouses.

And you get it in spades.  Take a look at the top selling video games and films of the recent past:  you’ve found sex, drugs, and explosions larger than California’s current budget woes.

So what does it take to get an audience out for live theater?  One draw should be an experience unlike any found at home or the cinema.

Debbie McMahon’s Grand Guignolers take that to heart, and provide a fully encompassing presentation that begins outside the door to the theater, and continues to pull you in during a fully immersive evening of entertainment.

If only every lobby and pre-show was so buzzing with activity, revelry, and joy.
Sigh…

Thematic content includes:  Sex, Violence, Self Destruction, Drug Use, Puppets, Singing, Dance/ Movement, Lowbrow, Humor

Absinthe, Opium, & Magic: 1920’s Shanghai runs from November, 21, 2009 to February, 7, 2010.
(some Thursdays) Friday, Saturday, Sunday $25 to $30.
Map of Art/Works Theater
Buy Tickets
Visit the Grand Guignoler website
Contact the production/ producers

Thomas Hampton Reviews Absinthe, Opium, & Magic: 1920’s Shanghai Lobby Shots -Grand Guignolers

January 12, 2010

Here are some lobby shots from our treck to Absinthe, Opium, & Magic: 1920’s Shanghai.  Keep a look out for our “Macro Review” later this week- and take advantage of a PAY WHAT YOU CAN night this Thursday, January, 14, 2010.




See and download the full gallery on posterous

Thematic content includes:  Sex, Violence, Self Destruction, Drug Use, Puppets, Singing, Dance/ Movement, Lowbrow, Humor
Absinthe, Opium, & Magic: 1920’s Shanghai runs from November, 21, 2009 to January, 24, 2010.
(some Thursdays) Friday, Saturday, Sunday $25 to $30.
Map of Art/Works Theater
Buy Tickets
Visit the Grand Guignoler website
Contact the production/ producers

 

Production Stills of Absinthe, Opium, & Magic: 1920’s Shanghai -Grand Guignolers

January 12, 2010



See and download the full gallery on posterous

We headed out to see the Grand Guignolers’ Absinthe, Opium, & Magic:  1920’s Shanghai last night at Art/Works Theater.  Here are some production stills.  Stay tuned for lobby shots from our visit, and later this week, the Macro Review.

If you are low on cash, check out their PAY WHAT YOU CAN night this Thursday, January, 14th.

Thematic content includes:  Sex, Violence, Self Destruction, Drug Use, Puppets, Singing, Dance/ Movement, Lowbrow, Humor
Absinthe, Opium, & Magic: 1920’s Shanghai runs from November, 21, 2009 to January, 24, 2010.
(some Thursdays) Friday, Saturday, Sunday $25 to $30.
Map of Art/Works Theater
Buy Tickets
Visit the Grand Guignoler website
Contact the production/ producers