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A Glam Rock Musical — Based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy
Runs Feb. 4 – March 5, 2016 – (Thurs., Fri. & Sat. – 8:00 pm)
Plus a Special Valentine’s Day Performance – Sun. Feb. 14 – 8:00 pm
Returns for 5 Weekends Only!
Club Inferno was a hit from its inception in 2000, nominated for 11 Bay Area Critics Circle Award nominations, and he was awarded Outstanding Book and Lyrics. The brainchild of Peter Fogel (Music and Lyrics) and Kelly Kittell (Concept, Book, and Lyrics), the show as presented by Thrillpeddlers, is an ambitious, raucous and engaging multi-media extravaganza.
The piece is in great hands with Thrillpeddlers director Russell Blackwood, the troupes master of fetish, horror and gender blending comedies and continues their foray into the theatre of the ridiculous. The plot, loosely based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy, follows ditsy performer Danté (Peggy L’eggs) as she travels down the Circles of Hell to “find” herself and return to the land of the living. Guided by the poet Virgil (John Flaw) and scene-stealer Birdie-Bob Watt as Xaron, the limited and silly dialogue is just filler between some really fine musical numbers replete with background video projections, a live band, choreography, fog and special effects.
The 2nd Circle (Lust) features Cleopatra (Noah Haydon), no stranger to casting bewitching spells, sings “Love is Hell”, an ode to her disastrous affairs. The 3rd Circle (Gluttony) has Karen Carpenter (Amber Sommerfield) and Mama Cass Elliot (the fabulous Leigh Crow) singing the duet “My Other Half”, a pure pop confection of shared interests (food of course). The humor is dark and delicious. The travelers are regaled with “when Your Numbers Up”, a fatalistic ditty sung by the decapitated heads of Marie Antoinette (Noah Haydon), Isadora Duncan (David Bicha) and Jayne Mansfield (Zelda Koznofski). The clever number includes their headless bodies dancing along in blacklight glory. Leigh Crow is fabulous as Lucretia Borgia (Violent) and David Bicha almost steals the show with his hilarious representation of evangelist Aimee Semple MacPherson in the 8th Circle of Hell (Fraudulent) singing “Little White Lies”.
The Divine Comedy was written to skewer Dante’s political enemies and parade the hypocrisy of the Church. In 2000, the creators of Club Inferno were railing against the impending dot com gentrification, the right wing politics of the Reagan era and the disenfranchisement of the poor and artistic. Today, San Francisco is realizing the full effects of that millennial damage and this revival is just as cogent as it was when it premiered.