9820 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Region: Culver City
With this tour de force of magic and comedy (created by Trey Lyford, Geoff Sobelle and Steve Cuiffo) performed by a trio of big-haired, bug-eyed magicians wearing black-light-art-covered shirts and resembling the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers -- and staged on a set suggesting a circa 1980s shag-rug-and-vomit-green-wall-lined suburban recreation center -- one might be tempted to dismiss the work as cheesy kitsch. However, such an interpretation would do a disservice to the innovative nature of this fast-paced, hilariously oddball performance piece, which, amidst renditions of '80s rock standards, allows magicians to alternately dazzle and subvert our expectations through the use of deconstructed magic tricks. Resplendent in his Tom Selleck mustache, aspiring magic "legend" Dennis Diamond transforms a bowl of grape Kool-Aid back into powder and then magically uses it to create a portrait of the Dalai Lama. Mullet-haired Daryl Hannah makes eggs appear out of thin air and cooks up an omelet without heat. Much of the '80s gestalt provides a layer of misdirection: Distracted by the shag rug, you're then suddenly surprised by a dazzling magic trick that elevates the prosaic surroundings into something rare and strange. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City; Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 6:30 p.m.; through Sept. 16. (213) 628-2772, centertheatregroup.org.
Sun., Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 & 6:30 p.m. Starts: Aug. 26. Continues through Sept. 16, 2012