Pulp Shakespeare

My Introduction to Acting class at LMU requires that we attend two plays over the course of the semester.

The first play I saw was End Days at the Odyssey Theatre, a comedy about family, faith and renewal, with a cast of characters that included an Elvis impersonator, Jesus Christ and Steven Hawkings.  Odyssey Theatre is a very comfortable, small venue and End Days was an entertaining play, enhanced by the close proximity of the audience to the stage.

The second play I chose to see was Pulp Shakespeare at the Theatre Asylum, a retelling of Pulp Fiction, as if William Shakespeare had written the play, with Her Majesty’s Secret Players delivering brilliant performances.  This hysterically funny play takes the audience into the Elizabethan era and combines iconic scenes from Quentin Tarantino’s classic with Shakespearean prose, incorporating lines from some of Shakespeare’s most famous works.  If you have the opportunity to see this play, I encourage you to run, don’t walk, to get your ticket.  You won’t be sorry.  If you’re a fan of either Shakespeare or Pulp Fiction, this is a must see play.  If you’re a fan of both, it might just be the best play you see all year!

Aaron Lyons (as Vincent) and Dan White (as Julius) reimagining Travolta and Jackson’s hitmen in “Pulp Shakespeare” at Theatre Asylum. Photo credit: Rick Clark (Copyright, 2011 — LATimes.com)


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