Note: On-line ticket sales end two hours before curtain time. If a performance is sold out, a standby list starts each night at 7:30 pm. Ticket refunds and exchanges are only available for twelve hours after the original ticket purchase. This production is intended for mature audiences.
About SEATING OPTIONS at Thrillpeddlers' Hypnodrome: Our intimate venue seats only forty-five guests, so we do recommend purchasing your tickets in advance. "General Admission" seats are filled on a first-come basis and we encourage patrons to arrive early (the doors open a 1/2 hour before show time). For couples seeking privacy and an extra jolt during Thrillpeddlers' signature blackout spook show, "Shock Box" seats are well worth the extra $10 per couple. Winner of SF Weekly's "Best of San Francisco" Award for "Best Bonus Theater Experience" our Shock Boxes are themed loveseats (Heaven and Hell, The Pharaoh's Tomb, and The Asylum of Shock), that offer the same opportunity for illicit trysting that was once a feature of the Parisian Theatre du Grand Guignol - thanks to a sheer curtain that can be drawn to conceal the goings on inside each private booth. In our "Turkish Lounge" for two, couples may bask in decadent languor and kick back among oriental carpets and silken pillows while enjoying the show.
About TINSEL TARTS IN A HOT COMA: "Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma," The Next Cockettes Musical now plays Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. through June 29.
Thrillpeddlers is proud to announce the extension of their 6th annual Theatre of The Ridiculous Revival with a rare, full-length, restored version of The Cockettes' 1971 musical extravaganza. This is the 42nd Anniversary of the first production originally produced as a Nocturnal Dream Show and performed at midnight at the Palace Theatre in Chinatown in SF.
Richer with age, the new book (based on the 1971 "Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma" outline) was rewritten by original Cockettes Pam Tent and Scrumbly Koldewyn to realize all of the magic and fullness this genre deserves. Three original Cockettes: Scrumbly Koldewyn, "Sweet Pam", and Rumi Missabu will perform in this production, bringing to life the whimsy and the madness that were the "all singing, all dancing, all cardboard Cockettes". The Cockettes were a gender-bending theatrical troupe who originated many musicals, and also exerted a profound influence on the culture of our times, from the phenomenon of midnight movies to glitter rock stars and their outrageous fashions.
Reviews: For All Events Lynn Ruth Miller "everything to tickle your funny bone, don't miss this fast-moving, melodic farce. Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma is a production you'll not soon forget: more colorful than a rainbow, and as delightful as a surfeit of ice cream and cake."
Edge on the net.com Adam Brinklow "This one's a winner."
SF Examiner - Jason Victor Serinus "Re-imagining and fleshing out what initially was a four-page outline with songs sprinkled about, Koldewyn and Tent united with a third surviving Cockette, Rumi Missabu, a superb stage director- actor Russell Blackwood and a rotating cast of 24 (plus three musicians) to create a bona fide South of Market spectacle ... Bedecked with enough glitter to cause a panic attack among the glitterati, the Cockette oldies and newbies have mounted a full-length, two-act, 22-song musical spoof on the classic Hollywood tale."
SF Civic Center Blog - Michael Strickland "The Thrillpeddlers have revived another Cockettes musical, Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, and the result is a piece of wildly entertaining, overstuffed fabulousness containing more glitter and upended 1930s movie cliches than seems possible."
For All Events / Beyondchron.com - Lee Hartgrave "... better than anything on Broadway."
Bay Area Reporter (BAR) - Richard Dodds "The good news in this scenario is that more often than not the songs and their elaborately staged production numbers are like mini-musicals unto themselves. It's akin to the inscrutably entertaining numbers in a Broadway musical as imagined in a movie musical like 42nd Street."
Synopsis: Imagine watching a Busby Berkeley movie on acid--then sit back and enjoy the trip! Fantasy and tinsel hitch a train ride with a temperamental actress and her ingénue as they travel from Hollywood to Broadway then back again in search of stardom and artistic relevance. Loaded with quirky show tunes this tangled plot is set against the economic and political backdrop of the turbulent 1930s where these tinsel tarts reach for the stars--and each other's wigs--while exploring the heights and depths of stage and screen in a struggle between selfish motivations and alternate realities.
The Hypnodrome (View)
575 10th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103