BWW Reviews: THE TWYLIGHT ZONE: BACK TO THE 6TH DIMENSION is a Parody Best Appreciated by Fans of the Original TV Show

BWW Reviews: THE TWYLIGHT ZONE: BACK TO THE 6TH DIMENSION is a Parody Best Appreciated by Fans of the Original TV Show

As a huge fan of The Twilight Zone TV show, I enjoyed seeing the different mash-ups of episodes as well as catching references to many other episodes (ie: Willoughby, Hitchhiker). It was also fun to see clips from many original episodes played on a large TV monitor on the set. Very clever editing on all of these.

This is a bare bones production but the small cast featuring Chase Anderson-Shaw, David Dickerson, David Gallic (also the writer and director), Brittney Hancock, Britt Harris, Elmer Smith, and Adyn Wood. All of them make it work especially during "Will the Real Visitor Please Stand Up" when most played several characters. The ending was somewhat different from the original TV episode with quite a few more surprises. Great sound effects throughout.

"Nightmare at 6,096 Meters" spoofs the original episode featuring a young William Shatner as a recently released mental patient who thinks he seems a monster on the wing of the jet taking him and his wife back home. Worked in to this episode was a reference to the other famous episode starring Shatner in which he cannot leave a diner until a fortune telling machine lets him know it is okay to do so. Great Gremlin shenanigans by Elmer Smith.

"Living Doll" A frustrated father does battle with his stepdaughter's talking doll, whose vocabulary includes such phrases as "I hate you" and "I'm going to kill you. Features Jebbery June portrayed by both a doll and real (uncredited) actor. Very inventive!

"The Four of us Are Dying" A man who can change his face to look like other people uses his ability to improve his life regardless of his affect on others

Commercials from the time, which seem so wrong now, were played on the screen in between the episodes. And Chase Anderson-Shaw has a lot of fun spoofing Serling's rigid narration style, and had the audience in stitches as he carried the airplane across the set, representing more time has been spent flying during which our poor mental patient has been freaking out even more.

If you are a fan of the original show, you will love all the references. But even more enjoyable was watching those not familiar with the airplane scenes jump out of their seats when the Gremlin appears at the window!

THE TWYLIGHT ZONE: BACK TO THE 6TH DIMENSION continues during the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival, presented by Four Letter Theatre at Studio/Stage, located at 520 N. Western, Los Angeles, CA 90004. Performances continue on Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 at 8:00 PM, and Sunday June 29 at 5:00 PM

Running time 100 minutes with one 10-minute intermission. Tickets are $15 and can be ordered in advance at http://hff14.org/1801

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Shari Barrett Shari Barrett, a Los Angeles native, has been active in the theater world since the age of six - acting, singing, and dancing her way across the boards all over town. After teaching in local secondary schools, working in marketing for several studios, writing, directing, producing, and performing in productions for several non-profit theaters, Shari now dedicates her time and focuses her skills as an independent publicist to "get the word out" about smaller theaters throughout the Los Angeles area. As a founding member of the LA Stage Alliance Leadership Council Task Force, she and reps from theaters throughout the city work together to articulate a vision for the theatre community of Greater Los Angeles. Shari has received recognition from the City of Los Angeles for her dedication of heart and hand to the needs of friends, neighbors and fellow members of society for her devotion of service to the people of Los Angeles. Shari is honored to serve her hometown as a contributor to Broadway World.


 
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