Written by Patrick Chavis
Theatre Out is not modest about anything it does. Even its name speaks to the transparency of its shows. When directed in the right way, this can be a strength. As I nestled down in my seat amongst a small audience divided into those wearing Hawaiian shirts and everyone else, I was bombarded with a scene by scene, in your face comedy that holds no punches and goes places that would make Andy Kaufman blush. With an outstanding cast and breakout performances from the two (sort of) leading ladies, Psycho Beach Party leaves you a little bamboozled. It might be the most brilliant or brainless show I’ve ever seen. Whatever I just saw, I couldn’t look away.
Psycho Beach Party is the story of a mild mannered, slightly nerdy girl named Chicklet (Andrew J. Villarreal) who is trying to fit in with the beach crowd. In her quest to become more popular, Chicklet casts aside her best friend Berdine (Alexis Stansfield) in order to get closer to two surfer dudes. One is legendary surf bum Kanka (played by Ben Green), and the other is Kanka’s new apprentice Star Cat (played by Ian James). As Chicklet gets closer to her new surfer pals, the audience learns she has a deep rooted identity disorder which causes her to unleash a myriad of different personalities at any given moment –the most dominant being a sexually aggressive dominatrix type dubbed Ann Bowman. Continue Reading