Gina Martino as Clurb, and Michelle Pauls as Countess Paulina in BLOOD KEGGER at Walking Fish Theatre. (Photo credit: Phila City Paper)

Gina Martino as Clurb, and Michelle Pauls as Countess Paulina in BLOOD KEGGER at Walking Fish Theatre. (Photo credit: Phila City Paper)

Lots of Silly Excitement at the BLOOD KEGGER ON MONSTER PARTY ISLAND

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As soon as I saw the title of this show, I had to go see it…

Walking Fish Burlesque has unfurled its latest entry into the world…be afraid, be very afraid. BLOOD KEGGER ON MONSTER PARTY ISLAND brings back the “scary” duo of Dr. (formerly Countess) Paulina and her faithful assistant, the hunchback Clurb (Michelle Pauls and Gina Martino respectively) who are in the final stages of bringing their monster, the hideous Man/Fish (Brett Hopkins) to life. The magic elixir (which looks suspiciously like beer) and the machinery (which again suspiciously resembles an old vacuum) don’t seem to do it, so perhaps a strip tease will! The Man/Fish comes to life and escapes onto the island, where the Drunk Girls Who’ve Signed Releases are being taped by a cameraman, and they encounter “boys” from the annual kegger that takes place on the island (Melissa Bang-Bang, Lauren Williams, Peter Zielinski, and Margot Go.) Let the monster hijinks commence!

This is a terrific evening of entertainment. As soon as you enter the theatre, you are greeted with movie trailers of some old sexploitation films…the worst of the worst, I am sure. Films like “Bad Girls Go To Hell”, “The Amazing Transplant”, and other equally bad films entertain as you get in the mood for what is to come. From the opening comments to the final bows, the audience is a part of the production, figuratively (as the cast encourages cheers and cat calls during the burlesque sequences) and literally, as one “lucky” audience member is brought up on stage to enjoy a dance by one of the cast members, and receives a bag of prizes as well.

The script is full of silly jokes, double-entendres and sexual humor…and parody, LOTS of parody. The cast handles the material very well, keeping their characters even in the silliest of circumstances. But it would be unfair to judge this production as a “normal” theatrical offering…this is an evening of pure fun, lampoon, and freedom. The cast revels in the silliness of the show, the audience gets pulled along, and everyone has a great time.

I loved this production…for an evening of titillating humor, go see it. While there are a number of strip teases, they cover all the “naughty bits” with pasties and g-strings, and it’s all in good fun. Go join the party…enjoy this wonderful homage to classic bad movies and burlesque.

Written by Max Guerin
Directed by Stan Heleva
May 15-24, 2013, 8 PM
Walking Fish Theatre
2509 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-WALK

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Walter Bender

Walter Bender

Walter Bender is a veteran of over 35 years performing all over the country. He attended Texas Lutheran University as a Theatre Arts and Vocal Performance major. While in college he toured much of the Southern and Western states with various acting and singing groups. He appeared briefly on radio in San Antonio and on TV in Miami while in college. Moving back to PA, he has performed in well over 100 amateur and professional theatrical productions, and directed dozens more throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Among his favorite roles are Lt. Colonel Jessup (A Few Good Men), Daddy Warbucks (Annie), and most recently he was George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Arguably his favorite theatrical memory was creating the role of Alan Frick in A Fast Train to Heaven for Bill Gottshall Productions. He is co-founder of Spring-Ford Community Theater, has served as Managing Director of 2 different theaters, Artistic Director of a third and President of another. He worked for the Delaware Valley Arts Institute, where he worked with many wonderful artists and instructors, culminating in being selected to facilitate a post-graduate course at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Currently he serves on the board of directors for dcp theatre as their Director of Corporate Communications.

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