The Playhouse’s latest creation is a live action suspenseful delight, play lovers do not want to miss out on! Theatergoers will leave the Playhouse wanting more. Long Beach Playhouse did an astounding rendition of “Psycho Beach Party”. The cast was amazing and left audience members laughing and eager to see what was going to happen next. Casting was brilliant as producers enforced cross gender casting, which added a refreshing twist to an already exceptional cast.
The play was frightening yet comedic, taking place in the 1960s. The cast tells a tale of a young girl named Chicklet, played by Amara Phelps, who dreams of becoming the first female surfer in Malibu. The people around Chicklet misunderstand her throughout the play. Her life unravels and the audience gets and insight into her world, revealing secrets that even Berdine, Chicklet’s best friend played by Emma Bozanich, were utterly stun by.
To the audience’s surprise, Ann Bowman, a sexually seductive older woman who uses her sexuality to captivate the men around her happens to be Chicklet. Chicklet’s friends later find out she suffers from an identity disorder in which Bowman, her alter ego, is exposed. Later, audience members come to the understanding that Chicklet suppressed the death of her twin brother, who at the time was under her watchful eye. Thus, leading the play to an uneventful turn, which left audience members with an intriguing ending.
Amara Phelps’ performance of Chicklet was hilariously funny and captivating beyond words. She was instantly able to adjust her voice to match her multiple alter egos in which she played. Phelps’ exceptional acting made her the star of the show, however each actor was able to leave their mark on stage as well, with their enchanting performance. John Downey lll did an excellent job of playing Mrs. Forrest as he channeled his inner woman; he is simply one of many characters who played a gender-revered role. Each actor did an amazing job at channeling the essence of his or her character.
The Playhouse production is directed by Dale Jones, who happens to be a veteran of numerous Playhouse creations. “This show is fun and it’s twisted, it’s perfect for Dale. And it’s perfect for the Studio Theatre audience,” said Andrew Vonderschmitt, Executive and Producing Artistic Director. The play is a pure genius thriller, audience members will simply have to experience for themselves.
The illuminating performance directed by Jones is on display from September 5th-October 3rd. Tickets are available at www.lbplayhouse.org, or by calling (562) 494-1014. Tickets range in price, adults: $24.00, seniors: $21.00 and students: $14.00.
Each performance will take place on Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The box office will be open Wednesday-Saturday 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. The Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, directly across the street from the Long Beach Recreation Golf Course. For more information, contact Andrew Vonderschmitt at Andrew@lbplayhouse.org.