A Foolish Tradition: 360 Degrees of Fun Filled Entertainment

Fire juggling

When I first walked into Sacred Fools Theater I debated on digging through my purse, finding my valet ticket, and taking my Corolla to the nearest Sushi bar on Melrose Avenue.  My brain had gone on high alert after seeing the actors standing around the entryway discussing their upcoming performance, the politically charged cartoons plastered against the walls, and the stage that looked like it had been painted as a tribute to the American Revolution. I could tell this would not be the typical theater-going experience. But instead of running, I pushed my inner theater snob aside, found a seat, and prepared myself for the Sacred Fools' annual 360 extravaganza.

The event opened with the play Urgent and Confidential: Dean Cameron's Nigerian Spam Scam Scam click here to read review. It told the true tale of how Dean turned the tables on a Nigerian Spam artist.  He used real emails, taped phone conversations, and photos to bring the audience to hysterics. Even I found myself laughing along with the rest of the crowd and finally easing into the Bohemian atmosphere. By the end of the hour, I was ready for whatever the night would bring.
 

The live auction

What followed was 360 minutes of fresh and engaging entertainment.  The staged performances were quick, quirky, and politically incorrect. They touched on such topics as: death, politics, and sexually starved superheroes. I was even treated to a hilarious reenactment of the soap Dallas. The actors used the over-the-top dialogue and poor stage direction to create a farce of the hit primetime television show. But the laughter didn't stop there. The musical acts used the combination of acoustic guitar and lyrics ranging from bad breakups to agoraphobia to keep the audience glued to their seats.
 
It took me three hours before I managed to pull myself away and wander down to the buffet line. As I was filling my plate full of the delectable homemade appetizers, I found myself side by side with an actor from the previous skit. Instead of making his way backstage, he took the time to explain the motivation behind his character and share his experience working on one of the "Fast & Loose" sketches (a play that was written, rehearsed, and performed in just under 24 hours) click here to read review.
 

Playing a diddley

After finishing off another empanada and grabbing a glass of wine, I headed back into the theater just in time to catch the auction.  Somehow they managed to turn this standard, boring activity into an interactive, laugh-out-loud event. Instead of waiting for the highest bidder, the auctioneer targeted friends in the crowd, threatening to exploit their deepest secrets to audience at hand.  Even I took part in the chiding and found myself bidding on items such as a "Baby's against Bush" t-shirt and a handcrafted Dick Cheney puppet.
 
I didn't make it back to my car until a little after one a.m. Sacred Fools Theater had kept its word--a night filled with 360 minutes of sharp and witty entertainment. If anything the experience was fresh, funny, and an innovative way to enjoy the theater.

Sacred Fools Theater, 660 N. Heliotrope Drive, Hollywood. Between Normandie and Vermont and east of (310) 281-8337

For more information go to http://www.sacredfools.org

Dancing a little jig

Sweeping up the mess

 


 

 

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