Dangerous Neighbors: Fringeworthy
It's not easy being an aging, dysfunctional, low-budget sketch comedy troupe, but the Dangerous Neighbors somehow manage to pull it off with their usual twisted aplomb. The group has been assaulting the collective consciousness of the Bay Area with its fearsome brew of dark, ferociously funny, satirical comedy since 1993. "If satire were a weapon, Dangerous Neighbors would be a heavily armed Doomsday Cult," wrote the Santa Cruz Sentinel's Wallace Baine in 2000, and the Neighbors continue to do their level best to live up to this accolade.
Their fringe show is a collection of some of the best sketches from over ten years of live performances: a bishop scrambles to keep the lid on a new Catholic scandal that threatens to make the old one seem like an innocent frolic; a homicide detective encounters danger from an unexpected quarter: his own dry skin; star-crossed lovers make the best of things in "Love on the Hindenburg" (in 3D); and evil librarian Ethel Pratt continues to build her intellectual empire, one harpooned city official at a time. All this and more awaits you in a truly fringe-worthy experience.
Performers include Dangerous Neighbors' writer Bill Burman, co-founder Eric Conly, acting regulars Suzanne Schrag and Mike Steitz, and musician Rob Vickers, whose musical stylings and uncanny ability to write lyrics for the bizarre scenarios hatched by Burman's warped mind have saved many a sketch that would otherwise be without an ending.
"Each skit offers a sometimes sick and always twisted glimpse of an absurd universe, every one guaranteed to divide the audience into two distinct sound campsthose of the shocked gasps and those of the booming belly laughs."
Sarah Phelan, Metro Weekly
* Adult themes, mild language, low budget
Center Stage (View)
1001 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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