Nathaniel Eaton has written a very enthusiastic review of our current show, Hypnodrome Head Trips, in today’s SF Weekly newspaper. We’re usually quick to post the juiciest quotes on our website, but this particular review contains so many spoilers – key surprises and plot twists – that it’s difficult for us to pull a quote without giving something away. As a remedy, I’ve re-posted the review below with spoilers redacted:
It’s a titillating concept to revive the Grand Guignol, the terror theater that ran for 65 years in Paris around the turn of the 20th century. Tucked away underneath the Hwy. 101 overpass in SOMA, the Hypnodrome is the perfect setting for a Guignol revival with its player pianos, lanterns, and “shock box” seating that ________ and is curtained off. The priest at the bar opens beers with his _________ and reminds patrons they can do anything they want behind those curtains. This is the world of the Thrill Peddlers, the blood-splattering theater company that is up to its usual shocking mischief in a new production of six twisted shorts. In one short, a curious daughter finds a _____________ in an antique machine (brilliant design by Jonathan Horton) and decides to ________ herself with it; in another, a cross-dresser huffs sodium pentathol and is inspired to ________________ with a hot iron. Maybe modern audiences accustomed to slasher films will find such moments ho-hum, but they won’t be yawning during the second-act segment “Orgy in the Lighthouse,” a ___________ scene that manages to be both arousing and disturbing.
Let your imagination run wild.
If you’re just dying to fill in the blanks, you can either buy tickets to Hypnodrome Head Trips, which we perform every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night (recommended), or just click over to the SF Weekly website to read the unedited review.
Vetern Thrillpeddler Will McMichael writes and directs his new play Night Witches for the Hollywood Fringe Festival with the help of Thrillpeddlers. Thousands of young women went to war on the Eastern Front of WWII. Among the most elite were the women of Night Bomber Regiment 588. In hushed fearful tones, the Nazi called them Nachthexen (Night Witches). Playing June 5 - 23, 2016.
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Thrillpeddlers is auditioning performers of all genders, races and ethnicities for the acting ensemble of "Shocktoberfest," San Francisco's 17th annual extravaganza of terror and titillation celebrating the Grand Guignol theatre tradition (www.grandguignol.com). This year's lineup includes classic Grand Guignoil horror plays, black comedy, and original music by Scrumbly Koldewyn (resident composer for Thrillpeddlers and the fabulous Cockettes). Auditions are June 6, 6:30 - 8:30 pm & June 13, 6:30 - 9 (also callback) at The Hypnodrome, 575 10th St. (@ Bryant St.), S.F. Please prepare: one 1-2 minute monologue. You'll also have the option sing a song or share a special skill (musical or otherwise). Appointment/Info: Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org "Shocktoberfest" rehearsals are Aug 1 - 3 workshops, Aug 15 - Oct 12 weeknights and some Saturday days. Performance are Thur, Fri, Sat at 8 pm Oct 13 - Nov 19, plus Oct 30 and 31 at 8 pm. Performers receive a $250 travel stipend.