A Birthday Theatre Party Decision…

My daughter turns 12 in November, and she has decided she wants a theatre party on the Sunday afternoon after her birthday (Nov. 18) (i.e., taking a few of her friends to the theatre). We have two possibilities for non-Christmas shows (being Jewish, we’re not fans of Christmas shows):

  • Dirk, a play based on Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams. This is being presented by the Road Theatre Company, a small house in North Hollywood. Stock ticket prices are $20 for students, $25 for adults. The description of the play is as follows:

    The stage has had a long tradition of great detectives. Dirk Gently does not belong to it.

    A 200-year old Greek pot. An ordinary modern salt cellar lodged inside. This is impossible (or at least inexplicable)! From the mind of Douglas Adams, who brought you The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, comes DIRK; a ghost/horror/detective/time-travel/romantic comedy/epic that begins with a seemingly innocent conjuring trick and ends with the most devastating secret of humankind!

    All this and a musical number!

  • The Marvelous Wonderettes, a cotton-candy colored, non-stop pop musical blast from the past! This is being presented in the small theatre at the El Portal, also in North Hollywood. Written and directed by Roger Bean, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES stars Kirsten Chandler (The Rocky Horror Show, The Wild Party) Kim Huber (Laguna Playhouse The Last Five Years, Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast), Julie Dixon Jackson (Colony’s Side Show, The Wild Party) and Bets Malone (Reprise’ On The Town, Musical Theatre West’s Guys and Dolls). Of these, the latter two are good friends of our own shutterbug93. Tickets appear to be around $40. The show is described as follows:

    Featuring your favorite songs from the fifties and sixties, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes – Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their hoop skirts and voices to match! As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the girls performing such classic 50’s and 60’s songs as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick on Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party” “It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)” and so many more! You’ve never had this much fun at a prom and you will never forget THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES – a must-take musical trip down memory lane!

Hopefully, if we get a good enough group together (perhaps 10 people) we can get good prices for the shows. With Wonderettes, shutterbug93 might even be able to arrange for us to meet Bets and Julie (NSS&F has met Julie before, at the Pasadena Playhouse). But it’s still a hard decision. Which one to choose? We’d love your opinion.