An existential comedy in which 10 highly dysfunctional performers must audition with their life stories to escape from a play in which they are trapped. Call it "A Chorus Line" in reverse.
"It's a crazy comedy about a group of actors, who all want to be famous and are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams - except take a hard look at themselves and their own abilities," says playwright Mitch Watson. "Anybody who has ever wanted to act or perform will recognize him/herself."
"Mitch is a terrific comedy writer - my forte is angst," laughs the director, Michael Schlitt. "With KLÜB, we’ve created a place where dreams go to die. The dreamers in this case are sad, desperate souls condemned to savage each other with petty snipes about the humiliations of their life's failures - and that, I think, is funny stuff."
"KLÜB takes no prisoners… [it's] far too funny and way too fast," wrote the Los Angeles Times.
"The Actors' Gang returns to its signature maniacal raw expressionism in this parody of showbiz ambition… a study of desperation and madness conceived with utmost integrity," said the LA Weekly.
"The Actors' Gang does it again with this bizarre, hilarious, offbeat comedy… director Mike Schlitt's speed-of-sound pacing makes writer Mitch Watson's absurdities even funnier," stated The Reader.
The Actors' Gang, founded in 1982 by a group of renegade theater artists, has over 100 productions and more than 100 awards to its credit, and consistently wins acclaim for its daring interpretations of Shakespeare, Buchner, Brecht, Moliere, Aeschylus, Ibsen and Chekhov, while also developing bold new plays that address the world today through a prism of satire, popular culture, and raucous stagecraft. The Gang is currently touring nationally with Michael Gene Sullivan's adaptation of George Orwell's "1984", directed by the company's artistic director, Tim Robbins, and recently completed international dates in New Zealand, Australia, and Hong Kong. Other Actors' Gang productions that have toured to cities across the U.S include Tim Robbins' "Embedded", Anne Nelson's "The Guys", and Jessica Blank's and Erik Jensen's "The Exonerated".
Performances of KLÜB take place Thursdays and Fridays 8pm and Saturdays at 8pm & 10:30pm, April 12 through May 10. There is no 10:30pm performance on Saturday, April 12. Two preview performances takes place at 8pm on Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11. The performance on Friday, April 18 will be sign-language interpreted for the hearing impaired. Tickets on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm are $25.00; tickets on Saturdays at 10:30 pm are $15.00; all Thursday evening performances are Pay-What-You-Can.
The Actors' Gang is located in the Ivy Substation at 9070 Venice Blvd. (near the intersection of Culver and Venice Blvds.) in Culver City. Two hours free parking is available throughout downtown Culver City; the Ince Parking Lot (corner of Culver and Ince) is directly across the street from the theater. For reservations and information, call The Actors' Gang Box Office at 310-838-GANG (310-838-4264) or go to www.theactorsgang.com.
Official Website: http://www.theactorsgang.com
Added by lucypr on March 6, 2008