Hey - Guess what? SHOCKTOBERFEST 14 is Ridiculous Fun. Right from the start - I was having 'A Ripping Good-Time. It's a Crime Thriller that meets 'The Departed!" Jack The Ripper gives the audience pulse pounding action. And, oh and by the way -- the element of surprises will knock you out of your chair.

The show completely surprises in this superb Shocktoberfest. The people in the seats shake with gales of laughter. You feel the spirits that soar around you. One of the actors sat on the steps to the audience and he (Jack Crow) reached over and touched my ankle. Yes, I did feel an icy chill. But, I loved it. I'm dying to get to know the handsome guy better -- but maybe I don't want to die just yet.

Here's what you will want to see. You'll be thrilled with this visual marvel. The show and the actors are gorgeous to watch in all its dazzling splendor. The imagination is indisputable. The musical is a little on the Kinky Side: But the Erotic actors sing out their sexual songs as they spank each other. Oh my! I blushed. I'm so extra virgin.

The cast is a "Home Run" -- They play it up with sly, rascally charisma. You'll definitely want to stand up and cheer. Well, they might want to spank your ass. Just stay in your seat and it won't happen.


Russell Blackwood (Director/Producer. He brought us the first Grand Guignol horror play 20 years ago. He's the one that SHOCKS US THE MOST! Alex Kinney is a Director, writer and performer that helps with this Major work. Scrumbly Koldewyn (Composer/Music Director) was a founding member of the Cockettes.

HERE IS THE ENORMOUS CAST: Everything they show you is enormous -- if you get the drift. They are: TJ Buswell, Michelle Louise, Julia McArthur, Noah Haydon, Tina Sogliuzzo, Bruna Palmeiro, Zelda Koznofski, Russell Blackwod, Eric O'Kelly, Kai Brothers.THERE'S MORE: Noah Haydon, John Flaw, TJ Buswell, Drew Staffen, Steve Bolinger and Jack Crow (one of the favorites) he's the one that massaged my ankle. I'll never forget it. It was so - You no -- touching!

FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) -trademarked-


WELL, LETS LOOK AT IT THIS WAY. THE ACTORS ON THE STAGE ARE NOT WORKING ON A FARM IN OREGON. No, No, No! -- they are not on a farm - but they really know how camp it up. Sure, it's Trashy, but oh so much like the TV Star Jimmy Kimmel. If anyone gets raunchy -- it would be Jimmy. Of course is not in this show he's not on this stage -- but the actors on the stage are truly tasteless. But, oh how I love it. Especially when they bend over. You never know what you might see.

This is an evening of excitement. It's edgy and provocative. It's a straight (maybe yes) classic. Well...It's straight up something. Maybe it is, and maybe it isn't. But there certainly is a visceral force. Ouch. Oh, never mind me. Let's face it. This show is loaded with exotic thrills for the privileged. They have the best clothes. Why can't I wear them? Romance just sizzles - like a Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the band plays on.

Here are some hints of the fantastic songs: The Leatherman & Drag Queen Suite - (Nothing Like A Dame/Guys As Dolls/Rumble/Hoedown. And I love this one: "The Music & The Make-Up ("The Music & The Mirror" - from a Chorus Line). And this will just show us what you are: - The Lady is A Man (The Lady Is A Tramp" from Pal Joey. Hey, we already knew you were tramps. And this is something to sit on: - Bossy Bottoms ("Bosom Buddies" from Mame. Oh, there were so many wonderful moments -- I could go on and on. May I visit you again? May I suggest that you end up with your backside?

(((Highest Rating: Four Glasses of Champagne!!! (highest rating) -trademarked-

(Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook - and he produced and hosted a long-running Arts Segment for PBS KQED -7 yrs-)


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