Angel's Flight

cabaret & variety · cyanide theatre · Ages 21+ · world premiere · United States of America

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noir · alcohol · burlesque · cabaret · comedic · comedy · crime · farce · film noir · fun · funny · gritty · hilarious · justice · laughter · live music · movie · music · mystery · satire · sexy · silly · spoof · thriller · witty
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VIRGINIA RIDGERS certified reviewer · June 05, 2016
tagged as: Noir · comedy · burlesque · cabaret · crime · thriller · funny · silly · fun
This LA noir crime thriller mixes up a wild comedy cocktail with a sexy Burlesque twist. Firstly, I’m a sucker for old Hollywood so they had me at “noir”. I was rewarded immediately with the opening act which is a fun theatrical take on opening movie credits. It’s clear from the start that you’re going to get your money’s worth here. There is an overall feeling that one is watching an actual film and that you’re some how a part of it. Once again, writer, Benjamin Schwartz seems to have co-written his new play specifically for this venue (see Zip Ties from 2015). Writer/Director, Matt Richey brings the whole thing to life and they both have clearly done their research on the genre. The Three Clubs provides the perfect setting f... full review

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STEPHANIE LYN certified reviewer · June 06, 2016
I didn't quite know what to expect going into the show and the bar-venue, but from the first couple of minutes with the opening "credits" and the James Bond feel, I knew this would be extremely well-written and thought through to even the smallest of details. It didn't disappoint at all, in fact... the action just continued to increase in momentum. It felt like the audience was included in the scenes, and it seemed you were almost dialoguing right along with the entire cast. The team did an outstanding job casting this show. The gumshoe detective, the beautiful burlesque girls, the mob boss and the crooked cops all were perfectly matched to the roles they played. It is fascinating to think about how the writers crafted a legitimate mystery, ... full review

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NICK RUBANDO · June 05, 2016
tagged as: Noir · Alchohol · fun
#NoirAtTheBar this is not a show, this is an EXPERIENCE! From the moment the live opening credits role, yes, you read that correctly, you are transformed into a world of Noir, where Three Clubs plays the ultimate host! The writing from Benjamin Schartz & Matt Richy is fantastic, and the direction is super cinematic. Schone Hodges plays the perfect PI, and Sarah Haworth slays... Or does she?!? The girls of Cherry Popins are the quintessential compliment to this car cashing, gun firing, reefer smoking, hour packed episode. Honestly calling it a Cabaret is selling it short. Finally, how could I conclude without calling to mind Miss Alli Miller. She truly dazzles in everything she is in! Can't recommend this show enough, GO SEE IT! ... full review

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KATE BOWMAN certified reviewer · June 13, 2016
It is very well cast. Everyone gives 100% and is so committed to the style. Sarah Haworth, Schoen Hodges and Alli Miller are all terrific in their roles, and my god, the costumes! (That shouldn't have been in the same sentence, but I just remembered how amazing they were as I was typing.) Matt Ritchey has done an excellent job orchestrating quite a large cast and playing to all of their strengths. Also, there is much movement, and it is all purposeful. None of it is extraneous. Ben Schwartz and Matt Ritchey have written a very witty, exciting script and story. I love watching the Cherry Poppins girls do just about anything, but this was a unique light to see them in, and it was great! Go see this show! ... full review

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REAGAN OSBORNE certified reviewer · June 05, 2016
writing was tight, direction was spot on, performances were all fantastic--stand-outs for me were Schoen Hodges as affable Detective Duff, Sarah Haworth as femme fatale Grace, Michael Onofrio as sleazy Big Daddy, and Alli Miller as foxy songbird Jane. a perfect spoofy noir with elements of burlesque thrown in for good measure (the gorgeous and uber-talented ladies of Cherry Poppins never disappoint). it's a fast-paced, twisty romp that keeps the laughs and 30s/40s noir references coming but never makes you feel like you've missed something. keep a lookout for Hodges' excellent opening monologue, any of Miller's feisty musical numbers, the "car scene" (incredible), and especially the fishy dream sequence (featuring a dazzlingly hilarious ... full review

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DAVID REYNOLDS certified reviewer · June 19, 2016
It was a lukewarm night in the city if broken dreams when I decided to stumble into the 3 of clubs. The lights were set to the period and the actors were all in the mood to groove. I watched the show, eyes fixated on the boozy lead, stumbling through classic troupe after another. The lava lamp of lights and sounds sucked me into a blur of nostalgia and puns that I haven't felt since my 5th grade science class. And I mean that in the best damn way. If I had a drink for every laugh I would have been just as drunk as any day ending in y. A hard boiled script and very on game directing made this who dunnit a pure delight, unlike my divorce from Mary St.James....but no need to go into that humdinger. My eyes weeped, my lips quivered and I laugh... full review

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PAMELA RYKWALDER certified reviewer · June 17, 2016
Holy crap, I loved this play! I had no idea what I was going to see, but it was everything I didn't know I wanted it to be and more. If you like laughing, bawdy jokes, and sequins, you will love this show. I seriously can't say enough good things about this show. Go see it or I'll slap you with a fish. ... full review

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BRANDON GRAHAM · June 16, 2016
Being a fan of film noir I was excited to see Benjamin Schwartz (writer/producer/actor) and Matt Ritchey's (writer/director) take on the genre. With the dimly lit classic hollywood atmosphere of the Three of Clubs the audience is immediately drawn into the play. The venue served as a perfect backdrop for an 1940's noir play. The play is more of a comedic homage than a silly satire. You know the writers appreciate, love and know the genre. The writing is sharp, funny and moves the story along quickly. The actors are top notch, the choreography is fantastic, with strong costumes and there are more memorable puns than the movie Airplane. If you enjoy witty writing, sharp acting, mysteries and have nostalgia for classic films and hollywood yo... full review

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BENJAMIN WATT certified reviewer · June 05, 2016
tagged as: Noir · comedy · satire · live music · alcohol
Great writing, crisp (perfectly "over") acting, and a feminist kick in the guts, it's a hilarious little Fringe piece that is a perfect pick up for anyone. Live music and an intimate space make this more of a gathering of friends than a show where you must needs invest your whole heart and soul. Please consider giving these guys A LARGER STAGE.... full review

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CORRINE GLAZER · June 24, 2016
When stupidity is done well, you have ANGEL’S FLIGHT. The show pays off immediately with the dynamic movie style opening credits. From there there’s nothing to do but be rewarded with sultry sounds, dancing legs, and bad jokes (that are the best jokes). And you’ll be in on the joke for the whole ride, but just in case you get lost in the world too much, they’ll break down that 4th wall with a devilish grin. This show brilliantly puts to use (and makes fun of) some of my favorite theatre mechanisms – I love a darn good scored car scene. This is a funny and highly stylized Detective Noir from the writing, to the character commitment, to the staging and lighting. It was a real treat to see the Cherry Poppins girls take on this genre, swarming a... full review

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