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at Culver Blvd. 9070 Venice Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
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EXPO line is across the street-plentiful parking at the City structure across the street is $1
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"Absinthe Opium & Magic: 1920s Shanghai"
15 ratings
3.9 average rating
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17 events
11 reviews
26 stars
attended May 07 2010

Fun! Everyone should go and dress-up- it made it really fun to be in "theme" attire.

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attended May 07 2010

Funny with bizarre, dreamlike threads woven in... my perfect cup of tea. I loved the contrast of realities. The "chorus" function could have been better integrated - less heavy handed. Overall excellent performance from most actors. All the...continued

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34 reviews
176 stars
attended May 08 2010

To really joy this, you should be in the mind set of a real tour. Dressing in vintage or something similar adds to the aurora. Understand this is really a tour and a collection of vignettes are only connected that it is 1920s Shanghai. There is no...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

“Fiercely imaginative…tour de force” —_LA Weekly _
“Insanely entertaining…creates new genre” —LA Stage Blog
“Spectacular…original and brilliant” —L.A. Splash
See "Goldstar member reviews ": Absinthe Opium & Magic: 1920s Shanghai ’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.

About the Ticket Supplier: Actors' Gang

The Actors’ Gang is one of Los Angeles’ most enduring theatre ensembles. Founded in 1981 by a group of renegade theatre artists, the Gang’s mission is to create bold, original works for the stage and daring reinterpretations of the classics. Our work is raw, immediate, socially minded, and crafted with the highest artistic standards.

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.