Horrifying Comedy Slasher from Zephyr on Melrose
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Considered by many to be the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off reveals the hilarious backstage antics and drama of a group of small-town actors attempting to perform a dreadful flop called Nothing On. This play-within-a-play is a comedic triumph of slamming doors, falling trousers and flying fish. Written by award-winning English novelist and playwright Michael Frayn (Copenhagen, Democracy), this comedy of errors remains a crowd pleaser more than 30 years after its 1982 debut. It was also turned into a film in 1992 starring Michael Caine, Carol Burnett, Christopher Reeve and John Ritter. Learn More
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Featured review from Lauren Dunton
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Overall I really enjoyed this show. The acting was strong especially the assistant and the girl playing multiple parts. The starlet wasn't as good as i thought she could be but with the rest of the cast being so strong it didn't matter. As far as there "not being enough blood and gore from a play called Slasher", there was enough for what the play called for. It is a play about a D- list Hollywood director making a horror film. In a film of such a low budget they aren't going to have these intense gory death scenes. So I think what the director did with the props was exact to what was being called for in this play. I have to admit I wasn't expecting much with this show and they blew me away. I'm actually considering seeing it again.
Written by Allison Moore
Directed by Lee Sankowich
Playwright Allison Moore captivated audiences at the 2009 Humana Festival with this edgy, satirical and laugh-out-loud thriller, Slasher. This Halloween, The Zephyr on Melrose Theatre brings to Los Angeles all the hilarity, blood, and gore of Moore’s witty and brilliantly written black comedy. Slasher is the story of a D-list Hollywood movie director, Marc Hunter, who goes to Texas to shoot “Bloodbath,” a low-budget slasher flick. After he loses his ‘name actress’ he hires a local “Hooter” waitress, Sheena McKinney, as ‘The Last Girl’ to be killed, which unleashes her ‘invalid’ mother’s thwarted feminist rage. The ensuing events — comical, intense, and emotional — result in a degree of horror Marc could never have imagined.
Allison Moore is a displaced Texan living in Minneapolis, where she is a Core Member of The Playwrights’ Center. Her plays include Hazard County, Eighteen, Urgent Fury, The Strange Misadventures of Patty, Cow Town, and American Klepto. Her work has been developed or read at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Williamstown Theatre Festival, InterAct Theatre, and Manhattan Theatre Club; and produced at the Cherry Lane Alternative, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Actor’s Express, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Playwrights’ Center, among others. Ms. Moore has received two Jerome Fellowships, a McKnight Advancement Grant, and the Iowa Arts Fellowship. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, and received her MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop.
After serving for 16 years as Artistic Director of the Marin Theatre Co., Lee Sankowich resigned to return to producing and directing independently. Among the 45 plays he directed there were two world premieres of previously unproduced Tennessee Williams’ plays. His career got off to a jump start with his successful productions of_ One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest_ which ran for two and a half years in New York, five and a half years in San Francisco, a year and a half in Boston, and in Israel. In all, he did eleven productions of the play. Since then he has worked in Regional Theatres across the country including Baltimore Center Stage, The Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, Florida Stage, Geva, Jewish Repertory Theatre, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre where he was a Resident Director, and was an Associate Professor of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. Lee directed the seven-month run of The Last Schwartz in 2007-8 and most recently Someone’s Somebody at the Zephyr. Among his several awards, he has been the recipient of four San Francisco Bay Area Drama Critics Awards for Direction. Lee owns and operates the Zephyr Theatre.