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Culture, The Exhibitionist Thrillpeddlers' <i>The Untamed Stage</i> at the Hypnodrome: Life Is a Cabaret

Thrillpeddlers' The Untamed Stage at the Hypnodrome: Life Is a Cabaret

In 1972 Bob Fosse's classic film Cabaret celebrated the decadence of Weimar era Berlin while also noting the gathering storm which was looming just over the horizon. The Weimar Era was a wondrous time between the World Wars when Berlin…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Shocktoberfest 16: The Thrillpeddlers' Halloween Rite of Camp Hilarity

Shocktoberfest 16: The Thrillpeddlers' Halloween Rite of Camp Hilarity

Unless you’re completely freaked out by the consumption of human flesh — and who wasn’t completely turned on by Helen Mirren in The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, really — there’s only one truly shocking moment in…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bay of the Living Dead: Halloween Horrors Around Town

Bay of the Living Dead: Halloween Horrors Around Town

Welcome, Great Pumpkins. It's October, and Halloween will soon be upon us. All Hallow's Eve is the High Holy Day for ghouls and goblins, and there's plenty of fun things happening around town to satisfy your bloodthirsty appetite.  Now underway…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Go to Hell: Thrillpeddlers <i>Club Inferno</i> Extends Its Run to Sept. 12

Go to Hell: Thrillpeddlers Club Inferno Extends Its Run to Sept. 12

You’ll never find a better group of sinners to keep you company than the Thrillpeddlers, the keepers of the Cockette flame. So we’re glad their current show, Club Inferno, got extended for another ten performances, through Sept. 12. A…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist There's Only a Week Left for Thrillpeddlers' Fantastic <i>Jewels of Paris</i>

There's Only a Week Left for Thrillpeddlers' Fantastic Jewels of Paris

The latest Thrillpeddlers’ show at the Hypnodrome in SoMa presents a look at a hyper-real version of the past. Jewels of Paris: A Revolutionary New Musical Revue, is a witty, bawdy pastiche of high Modernism and cheerfully shameless vulgarity,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Shocktoberfest 15: Halloween Every Weekend

Shocktoberfest 15: Halloween Every Weekend

Thrillpeddlers is back with their annual Shocktoberfest. This is the 15th edition of the scary, funny, and popular festival which harkens back to those wonderful spook shows that filled theaters during the 19th century. Shocktoberfest 15 has been dubbed The…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <em>Shocktoberfest 13: The Bride of Death</em> Is a Shocking, Gory Good Time

Shocktoberfest 13: The Bride of Death Is a Shocking, Gory Good Time

The playwright Anton Chekhov famously wrote that if you put a gun onstage in a play's first act, then it must go off in the second. That principle is on abundant display in the Thrillpeddlers' production of Shocktoberfest 13:…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Copulation Pantomime: Thrillpeddlers Thrill Once Again with <em>Marat/Sade</em>

Copulation Pantomime: Thrillpeddlers Thrill Once Again with Marat/Sade

Marat/Sade might seem like an unusual choice for the Thrillpeddlers. Could a theater troupe devoted to tawdry musical revues and glow-in-the-dark spook shows really pull off Peter Weiss's heady, multilayered play about French Revolutionaries, the new ruling class, and…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Thrillpeddlers Gender-Bends History With Another Cockettes Musical: <i>Hot Greeks</i>

Thrillpeddlers Gender-Bends History With Another Cockettes Musical: Hot Greeks

Thrillpeddlers continues its revival of original Cockettes musicals this week with the more-than-suggestively titled Hot Greeks. Scrumbly Koldewyn, an original member of the Cockettes, San Francisco's gender-bending theater troupe of the late 1960s and early '70s, joins artistic director Russell…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Horror and Gore Wear Pinstripes and a Fedora in Thrillpeddlers' <i>Fear Over Frisco</i>

Horror and Gore Wear Pinstripes and a Fedora in Thrillpeddlers' Fear Over Frisco

It's 1920s Paris. It's 1940s and 1960s San Francisco. It's deviant, luscious, drag-a-licious, and as witty as it is outlandish. And it's gore -- lots of gore. It's Thrillpeddlers' Shocktoberfest!! 12: Fear Over Frisco, and it starts this weekend at…
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Vice Palace: 'Unapologetically Trashy Entertainment'

This town has been really good in the past couple of years at bringing its recent history -- especially queer history -- to the forefront in engaging ways through the arts. The recent documentary We Were Here, for example,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Thrillpeddlers Production of <i>Vice Palace</i>: Played to Drag Queen Perfection

Thrillpeddlers Production of Vice Palace: Played to Drag Queen Perfection

As hard as it may be to believe, it's difficult to discuss anything drag-related in this town without some sort of feeling of nepotism creeping in. This week's post is far from the exception. Over the weekend, Vice Palace…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Thrillpeddlers Turns in Wild, Lusty Performance as <i>Pearls Over Shanghai</i> Nears Its End (NSFW)

Thrillpeddlers Turns in Wild, Lusty Performance as Pearls Over Shanghai Nears Its End (NSFW)

"Unapologetic depravity." One of our theater critics used the phrase to describe Pearls Over Shanghai. The words encompass not only the musical, but also the troupe performing it Saturday night (Thrillpeddlers), the theater-of-the-absurd troupe that wrote it (the Cockettes), and…
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Music, All Shook Down Shocktoberfest: Thrillpeddlers Deliver Blood, Lust -- and Laughs

Shocktoberfest: Thrillpeddlers Deliver Blood, Lust -- and Laughs

Kiss of Blood Oct. 15, 2010 @The Hypnodrome Better than: Watching any horror movie on DVD Thrillpeddlers lived up to their name Friday night, delivering a mix of gore, lust, terror, and comedy in three one-act plays - and collaborating…
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