Absinthe Opium & Magic: 1920s Shanghai, an Immersive Theater Experience
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Two men, three acts and one audience suggestion are all it takes to put an entertainment thrill-ride in motion with The Understudies. In this fully improvised comedy, understudies Danny Jacobs and Seth Brown are called upon to fill the roles of the starring no-shows on the night of the big performance. The problem is, these understudies don't know which play they are supposed to perform, so they must cleverly seek advice from the audience. With influences ranging from Tennessee Williams and Neil Simon to Arthur Miller and more, even the style of the production is up for suggestion. Learn More
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- "Fiercely imaginative...tour de force" --<em>LA Weekly </em>
- "Insanely entertaining...creates new genre" --LA Stage Blog
- "Spectacular...original and brilliant" --L.A. Splash
- See <a target="_blank" href="http://www.goldstar.com/events/los-angeles-ca/absinthe-opium-and-magic-1920s-shanghai.html">Goldstar member reviews </a>of <em><em>Absinthe Opium & Magic: 1920s Shanghai</em></em> 's recent run at Art|Works Theatre.
Created and directed by Debbie McMahon
The Cabinet of Hands by Chris Bell
Don your best cocktail and/or vintage attire and join the Grand Guignolers on a 1920s luxury cruise to Shanghai. Come early for on-board entertainment at 8pm: period photos, Charleston, Flashlight Follies, tango, absinthe & tea tastings, songs, and a live travelogue. Set sail at 8:30 (showtime) to Shanghai, the most decadent city of the 1920s.
After docking, meet Sing Song girls (Chinese geishas) and The Green Gang in Sing Song Girl Sing Last Song, a dancing/brawling movement based melodrama. Witness spectacle and magic in the absinthe fueled hallucinations of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Visit a sinister opium den in The Cabinet of Hands by Chris Bell, a Grand Guignol play about a Madame with a penchant for collecting hands. And see hypnosis and ventriloquism turn deadly performed by the ever popular, Petits Guignolers, a French finger puppet troupe.
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Over the course of our first 20 years we have produced 68 plays and won over 100 awards, winning acclaim for our interpretations of Shakespeare, Bruchner, Brecht, Moliere, Aeschylus, Ibsen and Chekhov, while developing in workshop new plays that address the world today through a prism of satire, popular culture and raucous stagecraft.
Through co-productions, The Actors’ Gang presented the West Coast Premiere of Eric Bogosian’s “Suburbia” with the Namaste Theatre Company, Roger Guenver Smith’s “A Huey P. Newton Story,” Danny Hoch’s “Jails, Hospitals, Hip Hop” with Center Theatre Group, and “Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella” with The Cornerstone Theatre Company. The Actors’ Gang has toured with productions as the US representative at the Edinburgh Festival and to New York’s Public Theatre with “Carnage, A Comedy”; with “The Imaginary Invalid” to the Rushmore Festival in New York, and in 2001 saw “Bat Boy, A Musical,” developed at the Actors’ Gang, won the Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics award for best new musical Off-Broadway in New York.