CAPTAIN CRASH vs THE ZZORGWOMEN- CHAPTERS 5 & 6
The Science Fiction Rock Musical
Book and lyrics by DAVE PIERCE
Music by STEVE HAMMOND, RICK JONES, and WESTON GAVIN
Choreographed by ROBERTA RAYMOND
Directed by RICHMOND SHEPARD
STARTING JUNE 20TH AT THE RICHMOND SHEPARD THEATRE
OPENING NIGHT IS THURSDAY, JUNE 28 AT 8 P.M.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW AT 212-684-2690
Like the Saturday afternoon movie serials of the 30’s and 40’s, the show starts with the end of Chapter 4: Captain Crash, his beautiful secretary Dulla, his sidekick Swede and The Professor are trapped and about to be killed by the Snakepeople. Somehow, they miraculously escape.
Their ship is hit by a meteor shower, and they crash-land on the planet Zzorg, where the population is all women. They are caught in the nefarious schemes and traps of these voracious women. Will they escape? Will they succumb to the malevolent schemes of The Zzorgs and their beautiful King? Will Captain Crash continue fighting evil throughout the galaxy?
Come and see the show, with its singing, dancing, gymnastic Zzorgwomen, and the staunchest, most Patriotic, American Hero in The Galaxy.
CAPTAIN CRASH plays the following regular schedule:
Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and are now available at 212-684-2690 or ½ hour prior to performance at the theater.
Running Time: 2 hours
The production features costume design by Justine Rivera, lighting design by Brett Maughan, and sound design by Samm Vella.
MOTHER OF GOD! VS SPIDERMAN
As far as I know, Ben Brantley’s review of a Broadway production--Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark-–still in previews is unprecedented. It is theater etiquette not to review a show until it has officially opened, thus allowing the team time to gauge audience reaction and fix any problems that may thus be apparent before they are set in stone (or at least print). So in a normal situation—as if theatre is ever normal—I’d refuse to read such a ‘preview review’. In this case, however, I have to admit Brantley and reviewers from the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, The NY Post, among others who also recently reviewed the show have a point. In what can be seen as a brilliant marketing scheme, the production has been raking in the dough to packed houses (paying full price, for the most part) for months as opening night has been delayed again and again. For the most part audiences seem attracted to the spectacle in the media rather than a spectacle on stage: the press coverage of the excessive budget (at $65 million about par with the total amount of aide provided to the earthquake victims of Haiti), numerous accidents, celebrity guests and endorsements (finally something that Oprah and Glenn Beckcan agree on!) and it’s star-driven (and apparently just driven) team, includingJulie Taymor, and U2’s Bono and Edge. It seems that the most in the audience are there to see a trainwreck—some glitch in the mechanics, or, more gruesomely, an actor’s literal fall from grace, or just in the entire overblown production itself. Will these reviews, which have focused on such peripherals as plot, music, dialogue, acting and character and have been overwhelmingly negative put a damper on audience turn-out? It remains to be seen.
Just for fun, however, I’d like to compare my play, MOTHER OF GOD!, which will be in production next month, with the current production of SPIDERMAN: TURN OFF THE DARK.