Surf’s Up in Hollywood

The PA holds cue cards for "Keanu" while "Pappas" looks on.
The PA holds cue cards for "Keanu" while "Pappas" looks on.

The longest running theater show in Los Angeles celebrated its two year anniversary on Saturday at the Dragonfly in Hollywood. Point Break LIVE! has been extremely successful, and with good reason. It is one of the most entertaining theater pieces in my memory; even better than Cats. (Okay, granted: most shows are better than Cats. Point Break LIVE! is exceptionally good, though.)

Point Break LIVE! is an absurdist stage adaptation of the classic 1991 movie starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves. The twist to this show is that at every performance the role of “Keanu” is performed by a member of the audience (hence, the cue cards.) Because the show has been running for two years, I’m certain there are dozens of reviews more eloquent than mine just on the other side of a Google search. This is not so much a review as an unabashed endorsement.

Buy tickets. See this show. Now! I’m already planning to see it again with other friends.

Point Break LIVE! is a spectacular interactive theater show with comedy, stunts, special-ish effects, hot half-naked surfer dudes…everything you could want in a big budget action movie, but on a seriously diminished budget. There are so many delightful surprises in this show, I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling any of the fun. I will include this, though, from the Point Break LIVE! ticketing site:

“This show is not for the squeamish, uptight, faint of heart, or the easily offended. Theater snobs probably won’t get it. If you are looking for a traditional theater experience – STAY THE F**K AWAY FROM THIS SHOW.”

MetBlogs readers don’t fit any of those categories, so you should all enjoy it immensely. Point Break LIVE! runs Saturday evenings at the Dragonfly in Hollywood. Get tickets here.

PRO TIP: When you collect your tickets at the box office, you’ll be offered a “survival kit” for a buck. Take it. It may be the best dollar you’ll ever spend. Seriously.

9 thoughts on “Surf’s Up in Hollywood”

  1. That sounds like a blast! But surely there must be a lottery to deliver one of the most memorable lines in cheesy cinema history, “Vaya con Dios.”

  2. This is such an awesome show. I saw it back when it was in a dumpy downtown bar, and sat in the front row. Definitely buy the survival kit – I did, and still ended up getting my jacket dry cleaned (it had splashes of fake blood).

  3. Matt: I don’t want to give away any secrets, but that line is certainly given the special treatment it deserves.

    Bronwyn: I was using the survival kit, but luckily Nightline was there shooting and I happened to be almost directly behind their camera. I think I got lucky to be out of the splash zone, though no one escapes the 50 Year Storm.

    Annika: I can’t wait to see this show again, and am already in the planning stages of getting other friends to see it. I’m more than happy to be your fake-date.

  4. Burns — I stumbled upon the answer on YouTube, but I won’t give it away. Looks amazing.

  5. Russ: You’re absolutely correct. I had forgotten that Klaus Pierre had been to see the show, when in fact, I think that episode of BBtv may have been my introduction to Point Break LIVE! Anyone who has not seen that episode should follow the link above. Klaus Pierre is a true Internet Action-Hero Legend. He’s a friend of yours? Awesome!

  6. Yeah, I actually directed that episode, and the following Klaus BBtv bits. Klaus fans should also be aware that the Klaus Pierre movie recently finished post-production and should be released relatively soon.

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