Saturday June 8, 2013 / 7:00pmHow To Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
How was your experience?
H2SaZA is one of the most original, creative and all-out fun shows I've ever seen on the stage. I hesitate to call it a "play" because it's so much more: spoof/seminar, improvisational comedy, Q&A and more. There's even an homage to the Village People, for God's sakes. But the one word that best describes it is just plain FUNNY. Always clever and often surprising, but ALWAYS funny. The premise is as brilliant as the execution: it's hard to know what brought this mildly delusional military man (although it's possible he's just into video games), a chillingly delusional scientist, a mentally damaged but always endearing contributing speaker and an outrageously delusional "Doctor" and seminar leader together, but here they are, letting US know during rants, off-the-cuff sketches, an improvised Q&A with the audience and more about how WE are woefully unprepared for the impending Zombie Apocalypse (how and when it's coming is irrelevant; you'll be laughing too hard to care). But in the hands of less-accomplished performers, all this wonderful writing would be DOA. Fear not; each cast member is a maestro of quick-wit, timing and an almost SCARY level of commitment. Jayne Entwistle's Kirsta, the "scientist," has delivery so dry you can taste the sand in your mouth; so when she performs the dispatch of two zombies of different heights to "Stayin' Alive," all with expressionless, clinical precision, I laughed so hard it hurt. The other actors were flawless, and I hesitate to mention them by name because I might get them wrong. Why? Get this - I was told that one actor stepped in last minute to play Ronald, and the actor playing Ronald stepped in last minute to play Braydon. If I hadn't known this information ahead of time, I NEVER WOULD HAVE. Their performances were THAT seamless. But Patrick Bristow's performance as the Doctor is nothing short of a miracle. I genuinely could NOT tell when he was reciting the script and when he was just making @#$% up. There were times when his responses to the audience were so impeccable that I wondered if they were plants. The scene where he gestures cues to his fellow speakers was like watching a symphony conducted by a mad genius, and it alone was worth the price of admission. And at Goldstar's prices, I don't see how you can go wrong. This will undoubtedly be one of the Fringe Festival's best offerings this year, and you DON'T want to miss it. Highest recommendation.