October 11, 2013


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- 

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


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