Director Jordan Monsell argues that the quality of the wit combined with the lurking and then explosive violence in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 classic movie Pulp Fiction makes it a good candidate for mock-retrofitting into the Bard's canon. This stage lampoon returns after being a hit at this summer's Hollywood Fringe. In a performance compiled and edited by Ben Tallen, Aaron Greer and Brian Watson-Jones, Tarantino's jigsaw plot is served up like a slice of ham in a late-16th-century England setting, with characters who bear a vague resemblance to the movie's stars John Travolta (Aaron Lyons), Samuel L. Jackson (Dan White), Ving Rhames (Nathaniel Freeman), Bruce Willis (Christian Levatino), Amanda Plummer (Liza deWeerd) and Uma Thurman (Sierra Fisk). The show's shining virtue is the translation of Tarantino's stark, tart dialogue into something approaching iambic pentameter. Then stir in the raw fun of slapping legendary movie scenes onto a stage. The cleverness has a sugar-rush effect, delightful in the moment and like a distant memory in the next. Her Majesty's Secret Players at Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru March 4. (323) 960-7612, plays411.com/pulp.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Jan. 12. Continues through March 4, 2012