"Witty and sly...A hilariously skewed salute to its predecessor...the antidote to all that friggin' holiday cheer!"
- BACKSTAGE WEST
"...a bath of acidic wit...a great deal of affectionate fun...vigorously debased and hilarious!"
- LAWEEKLY *Recommended
"Sacred Fools does it again! It's a Wonderful Death is a Wonderful Show!"
- LA THEATER GUY
"I didn't like this show...I LOVED IT!!!...This is most definitely THE Holiday show to see!"
- LA ACTORSITE
"[not] an iota of intelligence...crudely rendered... humiliates...and...stupifies...oh, never mind!"
- LA TIMES!
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|Sacred Fools' presents a CRIME SCENE production...|
Written & Directed by Brad Friedman
With Choreography by Jessie Marion
Produced by Brad Friedman & Bruno Oliver
Mon, Tues & Wed ---
December 4th - 20th @ 8pm
Late-Night Saturdays --- December 9th & 16th @ 11pm
Reservations --- (310) 281-8337
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Info --- WonderfulDeath@sacredfools.org
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And Featuring an All-Star Cast!...
|Annie, the maid..........ALDRICH ALLEN|
|Mary Hatch..........GABBY ANDERMAN|
Citizen of Pottersville..........MARK BATE
|Ma Bailey..........STEPHANIE BELL|
|Harry Bailey..........BRYAN BELLOMO|
|Nick, the bartender..........JEFF BENNINGHOFFEN|
|Voice of God..........BRAD FRIEDMAN|
|Mr. Henry F. Potter..........STAN FREITAG|
|Sam Wainwright..........RICHARD GUSTAFSON|
|Old Man Gower..........DEAN JACOBSON|
|Peter Bailey..........BRUNO OLIVER|
|Violet Bick..........TENNY PRIEBE|
|Mrs. Zeezee..........MELISSA RODDY|
|Uncle Billy..........STEVEN ROZIC|
|Ernie, the cabdriver..........TYLER TANNER|
|Potters Assistant..........J WARNER|
|Bert, the cop..........JOHN DOUGLAS WILLIAMS|
|And JOHN SYLVAIN as Clarence Oddbody, AS2|
The Dancing Denizens of Bedford Falls!
CARLA JO BAILEY · MARK BATE · CINDY CADDEL
JENNIFER FONTAINE · CRYSTAL KEITH · KARA S. LEIGH
Julie A. Lockhart · SONDRA MAYER · MELISSA RODDY
MATTHEW SAXE · PHILIP SOKOLOFF · ALISA STEEN
TYLER TANNER · J WARNER · JENNA Z. WILSON
Creation – John Williams
Sound Design – Brad Friedman
Sound Operator – Joe Jordan
Lighting – Aaron Francis
Costume Advisor – Mary Hayes
Costume Wizardry – Michelle Dunn
Stage Manager – Ho-Kwan Tse
This production of “It’s a Wonderful
was based on the original production
created for Sacred Fools’ CRIME SCENE
in three episodes on December 4th, 11th & 18th, 1999.
It was directed with great aplomb by Benjamin Davis.
So here's something to ponder as we enter the season of
peace on Earth and goodwill to men: What if, instead of being the
world's nicest guy, George Bailey had actually been the world's biggest
jerk and sleazeball? Would the world then have been a worse place had he
never been born? Would old man Potter still have been the meanest
joy-sucking skinflint alive this side of the Grinch? And most
importantly, would Clarence have been able to earn his wings, or would
the challenge of teaching the despicable George that life really is
worth living have been too much for this sweet-spirited but dim-witted
-- Terri Roberts
LA WEEKLY *Recommended
With the exception of an amateurish and overlong musical opening act, this parody of the classic Frank Capra film It’s a Wonderful Life is mordantly amusing, generously marinating the original story in a bath of acidic wit. Writer-director Brad Friedman inverts the intentions of the film’s characters with a great deal of affectionate fun, while making good use of a cast who seem like they viewed the movie a few too many times. Whereas Life followed the story of decent Everyman George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart), who, in despair, is shown how much worse life would have been without his presence, in Death, Bailey (Scott Rabinowitz) is an unregenerate bastard. In short order Bailey betrays the wishes of his idealist father (Bruno Oliver) to work for a rich industrialist (Stan Freitag), impregnates then abandons good girl Mary (Gabby Anderman) to run off with bad girl Violet (Tenny Priebe), and bolts from his hometown during the Depression — when it needs him most. It’s up to wannabe angel Clarence (John Sylvain) to show George how much better life would have been without him. Rabinowitz offers a vigorously debased and hilarious impression of Jimmy Stewart and receives wickedly fine support from Freitag and Sylvain.
-- Terry Morgan
Sacred Fools does it again! It's a Wonderful Death
is a Wonderful Show. It starts off with a floorshow featuring the incorrigible Philip Sokoloff as a wacky pantless Santa, who makes everyone’s, and I mean everyone’s dreams come true. The junkies get needles full of dope, the fornicators get magic powder to cure their VD and even the Jews and Arabs find peace, kind of. There is a nativity scene that any self-respecting priest would howl in outrage after viewing. Then comes the “clausettes” a fine example of young womanhood especially the vivacious Carla Jo Bailey whose appearance, sporting Christmas tree pasties, was quite exhilarating.
-- Herb Rubinstein
Originally presented last year in episodic form as part of Sacred Fools' ongoing late-night Saturday show "Crime Scene!", "It's A Wonderful Death" is presented now for the first time in its entirety along with a Big Dance Number introduction.
"It's A Wonderful Death" is a parody of the popular holiday film "It's A Wonderful Life", only it asks the question: "What if George Bailey was just a sleazy creep in the first place?"
The show opens on a high note with an offbeat, cleverly choreographed dance number that combines upbeat music, a bevy of wacky holiday scenarios, a scantily clad santa and even more scantily clad elves which really sets the tone for the rest of the show.
"It's A Wonderful Death" then begins with a very funny and interestingly staged discussion in heaven about who will be chosen to help shmuck Bailey do the right thing. The honor falls on the not-so-capable Clarence Oddbody, AS2, who has yet to earn his wings. The rest of the show depicts the situations and circumstances of George Bailey's life that made him the shmuck he has become and what life would be like had he never been born…you know the story, don't you?
I have to say, I didn't like this show...I LOVED IT!!! I could not stop laughing, from one hilarity-filled moment to the next. This piece is filled with humor, satire, sex, greed, booze, flooze and pickles. You name it, it's in there. Oh, the high jinks, the comic witticism…
Scott Rabinowitz is outstanding as George Bailey. Energetic, engaging, and so comedically endowed. Stan Freitag's Mr. Potter, Richard Gustafson's Sam Wainwright and Actorsite member Steve Rozic's Uncle Billy are among my faves. I also loved Gabby Alderman's Mary Hatch, Tenny Priebe's Violet Bick, Bryan Bellomo's Harry Bailey. Actorsite members Jennifer Fontaine and Kara S. Leigh were adorably funny as the fabulously entertaining Dancing Denizens. Actorsite pal, Philip Sokoloff as Santa...those legs...heck, I just loved everyone in this show!!…the entire cast is hilarious. I'd go crazy if I mentioned them all by name and tried to come up with clever adjectives to describe each of them, they were all so wonderful!! Brad Friedman, how did you do it?!
Director/Writer Brad Friedman does an amazing job with some wickedly imaginative dialogue and ingenious staging. Jessie Marion spins magic with her choreography.
I would I were a fool...a sacred fool, that is.
This is most definitely THE Holiday show to see.
-- Laurie Wagner
LA TIMES! *Not a Critics Pick!
The sweetness of the holiday season can be a bit much after a while, leaving a person hungry for a taste of something tart. From its title alone, Sacred Fools' "It's a Wonderful Death" might seem just the thing to satisfy that craving.
A parody of the beloved 1946 film "It's a Wonderful Life," it aims to turn life in Bedford Falls upside-down by making Jimmy Stewart's quietly heroic George Bailey into such a hateful louse that when the angel-in-training comes to show him what life would have been like without him, he sees that everyone would have been much better off.
Had such an idea been rendered with an iota of intelligence, in a breezy half-hour or so, it might have been able to sustain itself through a few wicked laughs. But as crudely rendered here, in two hours of sexual and scatological jokes, it humiliates its actors and stupefies the audience.
As written and directed by Brad Friedman, the show has just the one joke: that George is a jerk who, among other things, gets his sweetheart, Mary, pregnant out of wedlock, then treats her like trash, and who retains power of his father's building and loan by cooking up schemes to repossess people's houses. Scott Rabinowitz, who plays the role, looks nothing like Stewart but manages a fair vocal imitation, which is the production's sole consolation.
For a curtain raiser, Jessie Marion has come up with a 20-minute dance involving a pants-less Santa and female prostitute elves in red latex halters and hot pants who . . . oh, never mind.
-- Daryl H. Miller
They give the "It's a Wonderful Death" graphic/logo a "Goofy Photo of the Year" Bonus Award! And call "It's a Wonderful Death" a "new holiday tradition"! Uh, oh! Click here to see the logo and their comments on it!