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Angel's Flight

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

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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
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
JOHN SPIVEY certified reviewer June 04, 2016
Bloody fucking brilliant. Especially the fish scene. ... full review
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
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
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
DAVID MICHAEL TAYLOR certified reviewer June 06, 2016
Easily the slickest HFF show I've ever seen. The postage stamp-sized stage at Three Clubs is put to excellent use in this noir musical parody, taking us from one end of 1940s LA to the other and back again. A chorus of talented and gorgeous burlie-cuties provide eye-popping and jaw-dropping song and dance numbers, while the stars of the show play their parts to perfection. If only every show I see was this expertly put together.... full review
RYAN LISMAN certified reviewer June 06, 2016
tagged as: hilarious · clever · witty · Engaging · captivating
The show truly was fantastic, having worked with Benjamin Schwartz and Matt Ritchey in prior productions, it filled my heart with so much joy to see them collaborate and create this hilarious script, you could see both of their unique styles of Comedy in every inch of the script. You are going to have a hard time finding another Fringe Show that is so well-crafted and filled with so much passion. See this show, there is literally no reason not to, I imagine it would be almost impossible for someone to not have a good time seeing Angel's Flight. ... full review
ANONYMOUS June 12, 2016
Three fish heads up! Way up! Even if you don't know what noir means or appreciate how difficult comedy is to present on stage, you must see and will enjoy Angel's Flight!! Believe me when I say, Tarzan(a) has nothing on JANE!! (Alli Miller sings and seduces like a smooth criminal!) So, don't be daft or Duff!! (Schoen Hodges slays as a Private Dick should!) Come get your Cherry Poppin, into a whole new world, at the Cherry Patch! Fiona Apple would and so should you!... full review
ROBERT WATSON certified reviewer June 13, 2016
It had me laughing the whole way through. From the beginning "credits" to the very end, the humor and parody of 1940s film noir was fresh and imaginative. The Direction and choreography were superb for the space. And the actors did a wonderful job of immersing the audience into their world, sometimes even breaking the fourth wall in order to poke fun at themselves. Overall, Benjamin Schwartz captured the style of Film Noir perfectly in this well written, and hilarious, script, and the director and the actors did a fantastic job bringing it to life. I highly recommended seeing this Pick of the Fringe show.... full review

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