By Bob Evans
Original Review on KC Applauds
h yes, it’s the Fringe Festival and even on opening night, Bohemian Cult Revival sent out a clear message: Best of Venue candidate.
Opening night, Friday, July 20, in the late night slot, 10:30 p.m. at the Just Off Broadway Theatre, BCR kicked off their Fringe Festival with a rollicking Burlesque review of characters from famous movies of John Hughes.
Movies selected to lampoon include: Home Alone, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Buehler’s Day Off, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Sixteen Candles, and Weird Science. In a fun filled-hour of non-stop entertainment, expect music, singing, lip-synching, clowning, comedy, and, of course, strip teasing.
Do not wait to purchase tickets. Opening night nearly sold out. Subsequent shows will sell out. Purchase advance tickets to avoid shut outs at the Box Office. General seating, so line up early for the best seats.
“Don’t You Forget About Me: A Tribute to the Films of John Hughes” takes the audience on a thrill ride through several of John Hughes’ memorable movies by depicting characters from those teenage smash hits of the 1970-80s. ““Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it,” their Fringe information states.
“Don’t miss Bohemian Cult Revival as we pay tribute to each brain, athlete, basket-case, princess and criminal in these extraordinary films! Don’t worry about your pillows, dust off your prom shoes, and join us!”
The show is adult-based with strong language at times and standard Burlesque demonstrations. Yes, strip-tease. It’s what audiences expect and Bohemian Cult Revival always serves up, with flair.
Paying tribute to John Hughes movies and the characters in the movies are the normal (if really normal) troupe of entertainers from Bohemian Cult Revival: Katie Gilchrist as Beer Girl from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and as Ducky from Sixteen Candles; Danny Dismay as Clark Griswold from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; Sara d’Joue as Allison Reynolds from The Breakfast Club; Damian
Blake and Annie Cherry as Harry and Marv, ‘The Wet Bandits,’ from Home Alone; Danger Alex as “Geek Girl 1” as played by Joan Cusack in Sixteen Candles; Johnny Dismay as Bender from The Breakfast Club; and with a special guest appearance by Vanessa Davis as Lisa from Weird Science, and as Ferris Bueller from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Frankie Dismay did the pre-production audio
Concessions and adult beverages are available for purchase at the JOB Theatre. As a special this year, a food truck is available just outside the venue with a varied menu of offerings.
In it, we meet the two strangers, the small-town boy from Missouri who never even saw a black man before he was ten, and the preacher who grew up in the deep middle of segregated Mississippi. They tell about their different backgrounds, each struggling against a system that does not wish to see them or to acknowledge the sins against them. The incident is replayed, and each of them walks away a different man.
The second act brings us closer to home, in the wake of the Charleston church massacre. Again, two strangers: a black lawyer and a white soldier. Another encounter in another airport. What follows is a frank discussion of a world that hasn’t really changed that much. But there is humanity in the exchange, and where there is humanity there is hope. And sometimes, what goes around, comes around.
The Charlie Mike Theatre Company is dedicated to telling stories for and by “the service community”: that is, military and first responders. As a veteran, this reviewer was particularly interested to see the approach taken.
It must be said that they bring real truth to the material: there was much that this reviewer knew all too well to be true. It is a raw truth: this is definitely not one for children. But for those who have gained battle scars of their own, be it through combat or the million ways in which society declares war against itself, it may just be a good way to help with the healing.