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Serial Killers

cabaret & variety · sacred fools theater · Ages 18+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by MADELINE ROSENSTEIN

June 11, 2016 original article

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The nature of this show places it firmly in #ChanceItLA purgatory; with its (sometimes) better half #DrinkBeforeItLA. This is because you truly don’t know what you’re going to get.

The premise is fun and simple – an audience will watch snippets from 5 plays, vote, and only 3 will live to see the stage another day. This is repeated with another 5 plays, and then the top 6 plays left go against each other and will be voted down through multiple performances until one show is the winner. In theory, going to “Serial Killers” at a later date will mean you’re going to see the best plays offered.

This is a special Hollywood Fringe version put on by the Sacred Fools Theater Company. I think this could be a great way for those of who don’t normally go to the theatre, or have never gone, to dip their toes in. The shows aren’t the most polished, this might be because it was the beginning of the process – it could be different during later shows in the run; but what you get to see are different ideas and genres on stage. If you don’t like what you’re watching, you’re not stuck to watch it for a whole hour and another show will be up soon after– the cool thing is you can kill shows you don’t like at the end (not literally, but just don’t vote for it)!

The pieces I saw ranged from the hilarious feline play “Kitty!” by Rebecca Larsen which is like “Toy Story” with angry bitter cats trying to ruin their owner’s dating life to the pseudo-political comedy “Stumped” where the high school students resemble Clinton and Trump.

The reason this solid #ChanceItLA has its buddy #DrinkBeforeItLA by its side is because the show is a relaxed event, the host will banter with you and the audience will talk back (in between shows) – it’s a party atmosphere and if you’re a person that enjoys a libation at a party then having a little nip before seeing the show wouldn’t hurt.

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