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  •  REVIEW: THE FAB 4 REACH THE PEARLY GATES

    The Fab 4 Reach the Pearly Gates

    A day in the death

    What happens when "The Fab Four Reach the Pearly Gates"? The same as what happened on earth, only taken to extremes.

    By ROBIN EISGRAU
    Offoffoff.com

    This production by the Philadelphia-based company New Paradise Laboratories explores what happens to the Beatles in the afterlife. It's not an easy arrival for the famous Liverpudlians as they are set upon by a trio of mischevious and violent angels who alternate between fighting with the moptops and kissing them, taking breaks here and there to conduct interviews.

      
    THE FAB 4 REACH THE PEARLY GATES
    Company: New Paradise Laboratories.
    Written and directed by: Whit McLaughlin.
    Cast: Lee Ann Etzold, McKenna Kerrigan, Mary McCool, Jeb Kreager, Aaron Mumaw, Matthew Saunders, Rene Ligon Hartl.
    Set design: Matthew Saunders.
    Lighting and sound design: Whit McLaughlin.
    Costumes: Ana Hartl.
    Production stage manager: Trey Faison.
    Fight consultant: Chuck Martin.

    Related links: Official site
     SCHEDULE
    P.S. 122
    150 First Ave. at 9th St.
    March 29 - April 14, 2002

    Heavily physical and full of action, this show is like a stage combat ballet and the fight sequences are rather breathtaking to behold. The girls punch and kick and flip the guys over, displaying quite a bit of strength and a lot more grace than anything you may have seen from the WWF. The angels wear mod little costumes with matching knee-high socks and undershorts designed by Ana Hartl, who is chief assistant to '60s-phile designer Anna Sui.

    When the angels aren't whacking the guys with long styrofoam tubes or slapping them, their movements are for the most part abstract yet flecked with sexuality and giddiness, imitating the way girl fans reacted to the Beatles in real life. The guys are for the most part befuddled as they get slapped around, but they slide back into their cheeky personas as they sit at a long table for their interviews. Loops of parts of Beatles songs play in the background and register tape with lyrics to Beatles songs hang from the ceiling.

    As the angels treat the Beatles like playthings, one wonders if that wasn't how fate dealt with John, Paul, George and Ringo anyway — granting them fame and wealth yet exacting various prices for it.

    APRIL 1, 2002
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