The music is playful, the mood - light, even the homeless guy seems chipper. You see, he’s living on the streets, speaks like that of a college psych major and seems to know everyone who passes by. Turns out – he does. And that hula-hoop is not just a toy. In fact, it’s not a toy at all. It’s a hemisphere of filth ever present, keeping out strangers and friends alike. Meet Pig Pin. Pig Pin has the stories of a thousand men. Stories of travel, adventure, and even the circus. But it is his story about love that brings us center stage, on the front steps of a church. A good man has passed and one-by-one his childhood friends arrive to that very cathedral to pay their respects.
For any Sunday 'funnies' reader who has ever wondered what happens to their favorite characters after the page is turned, your answer is here. Did Hobbes go with Calvin to college? Does Cathy every find love? If you go to Absolutely Filthy, you’ll find out. But it’s not what you think – it’s better. Absolutely Filthy is an unexpected, unpredictable, dark comedy that answers all wonder of ‘Where Are They Now?’ the Peanuts Edition.
Senior superlatives, yearbook branded or unofficial, can be an indicator of our classmates’ future careers and life choices. Playwright Brendan Hunt graduated the Peanuts class of our memories, in line with their classic personas. Most Likely to be Famous: Schroeder, the piano-playing prodigy is now SCHROEDER, the pop star. Most Likely to Succeed: Lucy, the small business owner, self-proclaimed doctor, and football interceptor, is a man-eating TV exec. Most Intelligent: Marci, once a four eyed know-it-all, is an Ophthalmologist. Most Adorable: Linus, sweet imaginative Linus, is still an adorable genius, blanket-carrying little brother.
Costume Designer, Jaimie Froemming brilliantly represents each of the characters iconic looks, using hints of color from the comic strip. Lucy’s hair is highlighted with the royal blue of her ruffle-bottomed dress. Peppermint Patty adorns her French style with green bling. And each of Sally’s costume changes has an element of powdery pink. The clothes in their wit and simplicity, add to the element of surprise. It takes a few moments to figure out who’s who, which makes the audience feel like an interactive role. With the arrival of each Peanut, lines carry more punch as we wait eagerly to laugh again.
And laughs you will have at the hands of Hunt, who also stars in Absolutely Filthy. Hunt is used to providing humor, as the former head writer of Comedy Central’s Netherlands. He’s also an Ovation Award winner for his performance of Savin’ Up for Saturday Night (Sacred Fools Theatre). “The very first herb of the kernel of the nut was actually from a friend’s Facebook status - I get it. Pig Pen was a burner! - That lingered in my brain for a long time and that was the first pebble that fell down the hill” says, Hunt. With his subject at hand, Hunt tackled the task of a creating the trademark cloud of dust. His idea – a hula hoop. His theory - “People would probably get used to it and suspend disbelief long enough to believe it’s a cloud of dirt.”
Not only did people in the audience believe it, they loved it.
To see Brandon Hunt’s hula hooping skills and the acting talents of the ensemble cast, click, call and run to the Sacred Fools Theatre for the next showing of Absolutely Filthy.
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Sacred Fools Theatre
660 N. Heliotrope Dr.
Hollywood, CA 90004
Through March 2, 2013
Directed by Jeremy Aldridge, Written by Brendan Hunt, Produced by Brian Wallis, Prop Design by Emily Donn, Costume Design by Jaimie Froemming, Lighting Design by Douglas Gabrielle, Sound Design by Daniel Hoal, Stage Managed by Angela Lingrosso, Set Design by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, and Composed by Michael Teoli
Brendan Hunt (The Mess), Shannon Nelson (The Bereaved), Anna Douglas (The Big Sister), Robbie Winston (The Little Brother), Curt Bonnem (The Pop Star), Jaime Andrews (The Ophthalmologist), KJ Middlebrooks (His Honor), Rachel Germaine (The Designer), Scott Golden (The Deceased), Jessica Sherman (Die Hundin), Kiff Scholl (Father Macalester), Dennis Delsing (Officer Melendez/Ensemble), Addi Gaash (Cath/Ensemble), Amir Levi (Slug/Ensemble), Ed Goodman (Arch)