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Thank you thank you thank you www.haunting.net "As I enter the theater for 2017’s Urban Death: Tour of Terror, I see a slight woman standing in the center of the stage. She looks (surprisingly) rather beautiful: dressed in a gown that is elegant but not gaudy, and lacking the apparent ghoulishness that we expect from characters in most Zombie Joe’s Underground (ZJU) horror productions. The elegance is added toby a violin mounted on her shoulder.As she stares blankly into the distance, she drags her bow across it, repeating the same lulling, lovely melody ad infinitum. It’s hardly the first thing one expects to see when they enter a horror show, particularly one marketed specifically for the Halloween season. It’s almost romantic, in fact.
Once I take my seat however, something begins to shift. Her face begins to crack. The blank stare melts away to some kind of distress. Fear? Trauma? Tragedy? The violin bow begins to scrape sour notes. The player finally breaks, takes a minute to compose herself, and attempts to start over, beginning the process anew. This vignette, used simply as pre-show entertainment for the crowd as they file into the tiny theater from the scare maze that precedes it, captures the essence of what I love about Zombie Joe’s Underground perhaps better than anything. It’s a glimpse through a keyhole—a brief depiction of ambiguous trauma that hits all the harder for how little explanation it offers its audience. It is also entirely reliant on the abilities of its performer, the incomparable Elif Savas. For those who have attended ZJU with any regularity, praising Savas’ performance abilities is almost redundant at this point, but it bears repetition here. The amount that Savas is able to communicate in this small segment, without the aid of dialogue or even much in the way of movement, is astounding." #review @zombiejoes @urbandeath_zju #horror #horrortheatre #halloween #halloweeninlosangeles #haunts #hauntsinlosangeles @maxzumstein @hauntingnet #losangelestheater #noho #northhollywood