“Alone: An Existential Haunting” 2014/15
“…Her wide-eyed happiness… She kept whispering my name over and over, telling me to look and grinning at me. Her fey nature set up the next encounter.” Alone Review
“Urban Death” 2014
Zombie Joe’s “Urban Death” Revives Rustic Fears the Likes of Which You’ve Never Experienced
“A young woman resembling Baby Jane attempts to escape an imaginary box to increasing shrieks, cries, and bellows as the lights extinguish abruptly and the guy behind me lets out what sounds like a synchronized gag and gurgle.”
“Scenes are postured in a manner minutes to seconds in these rousing little slice of life—or rather slice of death–tableaus reminiscent of the artistry of Charles Addams, the illustrations of Edward Gorey and, most arrestingly, the overall visual/psychological flavor of R. Crumb (if he were even more blatantly bloody, sexual and macabre leaving much LESS to the imagination…)” The LA Beat Urban Death Review
10-Minute Theatre Festival at Crown City Theatre
Winner – Best Actress!
One of the Top Ten Best Seasons of 2013!
Astroglyde 2013 – 10 Actors, 10 Original Pieces
“The pieces are conceived and written in isolation from one another, yet they fit together as if pieces of a grand mural.”
Pitch by Cimcie Nichols on the other hand is the only performer who doesn’t seem to be playing a human being at all. Rather she’s an avatar, an icon, an incarnation as much as Uncle Sam. And she’s trying to sell you (or anyone) something (herself) of great power. What? Suffice to say her costume is a brilliant little visual pun, and makes for a kind of almost SNL-esque humor. The World Through Night-Tinted Glasses – Review This vignette is full of jokes that poke fun at our consumer nature, and how easily that which is wrong for us can be pitched to us in a positive way. The hope that we can fill the hole in our souls permeates this piece. The Detective – Review
“Urban Death” 2013
“With an assemblage of the bravest actors in Los Angeles, Zombie Joe returns with an all-new Urban Death, the naturalistic horror show in the style of Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol.” Stage and Cinema Review
“I am lost in a sea of words that describe this masterpiece.” Urban Death Review
“There’s nothing else in town quite like it. Really, there’s nothing else anywhere quite like it.” LAist Review
“And the young lady portraying Emily Dickensen did a fine job overall–quite probably because she had no lines (this is nearly always an opportunity to either shine or evaporate as an actor).” Zahir Blue Blog Review
“REPUBLIC COUNTY Zombie Joe’s Underground is not exactly the first company that leaps to mind as a likely interpreter of Plato. But any doubts that playwright Joe Musso’s blithely antic burlesque of The Republic is in the right theater are quickly swept aside the first time Lizzie Borden (a blood-spattered Carrie Daniel) rushes onstage swinging her fabled ax. Musso’s political allegory references Monty Python or Benny Hill as much as it does the father of Western philosophy (or Wes Craven). Dorrie Braun is the unstable evangelical in charge of this not-so-ideal state’s biggest employer, the county employment office, and runs the government-cheese-for-work program for a list of degenerate clients/poets (played by David Wyn Harris, Cimcie Nichols, Edgar Allan Poe IV and Justin Vanden Heuvel) that reads like the index of the Norton Anthology. Director Roger K. Weiss’ somewhat wobbly staging nails a respectable percentage of Musso’s outlandish laugh lines, a score that promises to improve as the show finds its comic footing.” LA Weekly Review
“Full of quippy dialogue and energetic acting, Republic County is a stylized and colorful production…They successfully portray the surreal experience of seeing Walt Whitman with his flowing locks sitting alongside a tan and handsome more modern Thoreau and a quiet, convincing Emily Dickinson.” Life in LA Review
“Attack of the Rotting Corpses”
North Hollywood’s bizarro institution Zombie Joe’s Underground is at it again with its third run of the highly charged, 50-minute blast of horror “Attack of the Rotting Corpses!”—an homage not only to the whole zombie movie genre, but also to the culture of the Valley itself. The whole show’s a riot, both very funny and, in a couple of key moments, truly scary as well. (Gross, too, of course, so be forewarned.) Just about everyone in the cast makes the most of their turns in the spotlight, and the overall effect is appropriately over the top right through the final curtain call.