Yesterday afternoon, I went to check out Culture Clash‘s new show “Zorro In Hell” at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre on Hollywood and Vine. The theatre is small and gorgeous, and it is comforting to know that it has survived when so many condos are sprouting up around it.
This is the first time I’ve been able to catch one of Culture Clash’s performances live. I’ve been wanting to see them ever since I first saw their television show of the same name back in 1993. I was quite sad that I never managed to make it to their 2003 show, “Chavez Ravine”.
If you are familiar with Culture Clash’s work, then “Zorro In Hell” will live up to your expectations: it is funny, thoughtful, and engrossing. It is chock-full of LA in-jokes, some of which will even be hilarious to non-natives. If you are not aware of the troupe, this show would be a great way to familiarize yourself with them.
The play itself is, essentially, a deconstruction of the Zorro legend, which has its origins in California. Is Zorro a white-washed bandido, or a legitemate symbol for the Chicano movement?
The show is scheduled through September 9th, so you have a few more weeks to check it out.