Posts Tagged ‘Debbie McMahon’

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