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at Culver Blvd. 9070 Venice Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232
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3 reviews
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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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1 review
0 stars
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.