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Doomsday Cabaret

This irreverent rock musical, with book, lyrics and music by Michael Shaw Fisher and direction by Chris Raymond, was inspired by the Mayan calendar, which seems to predict the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012. The setting is a symposium at the San Bernardino Community Center on Dec. 21, and attended by a bizarre group of people who are convinced that the end will come at midnight. Attendees include notorious arsonist Kurt Billie (David Haverty); fundamentalist married couple Nathan and Lorraine Dugan (Joe Fria and Molly Cruse); the Messenger (Mark Bemesderfer), who claims to represent the Hopi people; sex pot Lady Vavoom (Liza Baron), who hopes to be experiencing orgasm when the Rapture strikes; Bee Girl Deedra Witwit (Leigh Wulf), who's obsessed with the mysterious extinction of bee colonies; and web-freak Dale Reed (Jake Regal). A vaguely defined guru (Nick Nassuet) presides over the occasion and coke-head Ed (writer-composer Fisher) serves as Emcee. The humor is anarchic and scattershot, the performers are able, and the music (played by the four-man Doomsday Band) is often rousing. The mostly young audience seemed to find it hilarious. Orgasmico Theatre Company at The Blank Theatre/Second Stage, 6500 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; variable schedule, through Dec. 21. (415) 994-4760, orgasmicotheatre.wix.com/doomsday.
Sat., Oct. 27, 8 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 2, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 3, 8 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 9, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 10, 8 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 16, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 17, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 8, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 21, 8 & 11 p.m., 2012

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