It’s the perfect time of year for a good vampire story. The moon is full. The air is finally cool and all the spooks are out. This particular vampire story is a little different though. There are covens of witches and ancient connections and untold longings.
“Vampire” centers around a young woman, an orphan, who flees central Europe for London when her orphanage is destroyed. Searching for help, she finds support from a church with a handsome, rich young benefactor but is drawn to another far more dangerous man, the leader of the local vampires and the heir to the darkest kingdom.
As a child, she was left at the orphanage with instructions to take a peculiar medicine daily. She never knew her parents, and as the story unfolds it becomes more and more apparent how deeply connected she is to the vampires and the witches that inhabit this London, some hidden and some not so.
So it’s a love story, of sorts, but not just about falling in love. It’s also about finding out who you really are and then loving yourself. I’d spoil it if I told you any more, suffice it to say that there is a lot of story in this play.
The characters are wonderfully bad, and wonderfully courageous. As usual with Fuzzy Bottom shows, there are weirdly brilliant dance sequences and very strange encounters.
The players are all fully committed to the energy of the show. The lust, the glamour, the violence and the gore. But also to the humanity of these dispirit creatures as they long for power, love and eternal rest.
The first two rows can get a little soggy, so be prepared. But although there is some gore and lots of splatter, the mess is not really the point of the story, it’s added thrills. But it’s fun!!
So vampires, witches, death, blood and epic romance! Not bad for a couple of hours in a little dark theatre in NoHo with a huge cast of fabulous actors who clearly can’t get enough of all this drama.
Fuzzy Bottoms never disappoints. But it’s also worth mentioning how much they clearly love the craft of this kind of theatre. The pomp, the flair and the opportunity to tell stories full of magic and misery and the most interesting of our collective folklore. If you love horror and kitsch, then you will love The Fuzzy Bottom Theatre Company’s “Vampire.”
Producer: Fuzzybottoms Theater Company
Director/writer: April Littlejohn
Choreographers: Brittany DeWeese and April Littlejohn
Tech director: Stefan Adkins
Through October 30
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 5pm
The Sherry Theatre
11052 Magnolia Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601