Friday, November 16, 2018


Last Sunday I saw the Maverick Theater's mind-blowing stage adaptation of Ed Wood's iconic "masterpiece" PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1958). The Orange County Register called this production "a very sharp and hilarious homage" to Wood's original.  Indeed, perhaps what's most impressive about this play is that it pulls off the delicate tightrope act of satirically critiquing the repressive and backwards culture of 1950s America that gave rise to "the worst movie of all time" while resisting the natural temptation to stray too far from Wood's uniquely fractured (and/or unintentionally surreal) dialogue.  Fans of mid-century American madness, psychotronic cinema, Ed Wood, Bela Lugosi, zombies, and UFOs need to go out of their way to see this production.  There are only two performances left this season, both on Saturday the 17th, one at 6:00 PM and the other at 8:00 PM.  I suggest bending the rules of time and space to make sure your body is planted in a front row seat at the Maverick Theater this Saturday night in order to experience Brian Newell's clever reinterpretation of what might very well be--in hindsight--one of the most memorable films of 1950s America.    

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