Review: ‘Jewels of Paris: A Revolutionary New Musical Review” from Thrillpeddlers (**1/2)

by Barry David Horwitz Rating: **1/2 (For an explanation of TheatreStorm’s rating scale, click here.) “Jewels of Paris,” the latest over-the-top crossdressing genderfuck bare-ass musical extravaganza by Scrumbly Koldewyn and Russell Blackwood shoots for the stars. Thrillpeddlers’ collection of musical and comic sketches invokes the down and dirty days of 1900s Paris. But the true […]

Thrillpeddlers ‘Shocktoberfest 13’ delivers Grand Guignol chills and thrills

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 3/5 » Recommended) Do you love Halloween? Then grab your broomstick and a pumpkin and head out to The Hypnodrome where Thrillpeddlers offers “Shocktoberfest 13: The Bride of Death”, a delightfully ghoulish goulash of Grand Guignol humor and horror. Thrillpeddlers artistic director, Russell Blackwood, is the nation’s leading practitioner of Grand Guinol […]

‘Hot Greeks’ leaves the audience panting—with laughter

(Charles Kruger) (Rating: 4/5 Stars » Highly Recommended) For a while now, the always polished Thrillpeddlers at The Hypnodrome have been presenting revivals of the legendary Cockettes musicals under the skilled comic leadership of director Russell Blackwood and the musical masterminding of Scrumbly Koldewyn of the original Cockettes. Thus far, we have enjoyed delightfully funny productions […]

Thrill Peddlers’ ‘Vice Palace: The Last Cockettes Musical’ is over-the-top San Francisco fun

(Charles Kruger) “Vice Palace: The Last Cockettes Musical” by Martin Worman, music by Richard ‘Scrumbly’ Koldewyn, lyrics by Martin Worman & Richard ‘Scrumbly’ Koldewyn, produced by Thrillpeddlers. Director: Russell Blackwood. Scenic Designer: James Blackwood. Costumes: Kara Emry. Lighting: Nicholas Torre. Sound: Chris Paulina. Technical Director: TJ Buswell. Choreographers: John LeFan, Cindy Goldfield, D’Arcy Drollinger, Bonni […]