Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Rod Almighty 

Wednesday, Apr 2 2008
Comments
It's hard not to grant The Twilight Zone an honorary place in the pecking order of cult television. After all, how many other shows encapsulated premillennial anxiety and that uncomfortable gray area between scientific progress and the human condition better than this artifact of televised arcana? (And where else can you find such riotously deadpan renderings of gremlins, cannibalistic aliens, and omniscient narrators?) Impossible Productions sucks viewers into the weird, wacky fifth dimension in the next installment of its wildly popular series, Twilight Zone: The Plays, Season V. Almost one-upping the predictable boob tube maneuvers of the show, the plays use a medley of stage gambits to thwart viewer expectations with twists and turns more vertiginous than M. Night Shyamalan could ever concoct. The anthology includes classic chestnuts like "The Hitchhiker," a road-trip horror story about a young woman trailed by a phantom stalker en route to destinations unknown. The plays skillfully pluck disparate elements from the annals of 20th-century pop culture while achieving that fine balance between camp and the macabre that still makes The Twilight Zone so damn watchable today.
Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: April 4. Continues through April 20, 2008

About The Author

Nirmala Nataraj

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"