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: Thrillpeddlers is proud to announce their 6th annual Theatre of The Ridiculous Revival with a Spring production of a rare Cockettes Musical, Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, a new full-length,restored version of The Cockettes' 1971 musical extravaganza. This is the 42nd Anniversary of the original production, produced as a Nocturnal Dream Show and performed at midnight at the Palace Theatre in Chinatown in SF. Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma celebrates the Cockettes' fascination (in the early 70s) with everything Art Deco.
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. The new production keeps the 4 songs from the 1971 production with lyrics by Link Martin and music by Scrumbly Koldewyn, and adding 14 new songs composed by Scrumbly Koldewyn, with lyrics by Scrumbly, with additional lyrics by Pam Tent and Martin Worman, The new songs replace many of the Great American Songbook favorites used in the original Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma presentation. 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. Not only were they among the core members of The Cockettes, but were in the first cast of Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma in 1971. The Cockettes became national media darlings and were invited to perform what became a tumultuous 3 week run in NYC. 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.
Truman Capote and Rex Reed attended a San Francisco performance of Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, and Reed wrote a glowing review in his nationally syndicated column, calling Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma "a landmark in the history of new, liberated theater..." Turman Capote raved: "The Cockettes are where it's at!".
The Hypnodrome (View)
575 10th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103