What to do this weekend: Audience choice 'Cult Movie Classics' brings down the curtain on Bricolage's Midnight Radio season

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Bricolage's Midnight Radio series closes out the 2012 season with an episode titled "Cult Movie Classics," giving the "Mystery Science Theater 3000"-style treatment to "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin" and "Godzilla vs. Mothra."

Midnight Radio is a staged comedy series in the style of 1940s' radio broadcasts, featuring vintage sound effects, musical guests, fake breaking news, commercial spoofs and familiar faces from the Pittsburgh theater scene. The cast for "Cult Movie Classics" boasts Patrick Jordan, Amy Landis, Jason McCune and Sheila McKenna.

The episode comes with the promise of "outlandish overdubbing," which puts us in mind of the hilarious "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" Woody Allen's redubbing of the Japanese action film "International Secret Police: Key of Keys."

Previous Midnight Radio episodes this year were "Secret Agents & Spies" and "Pittsburgh Ghost Stories." Jeffrey Carpenter, director of the "Cult Movie Classics" episode and artistic director of Bricolage, said credit for the themes goes to the company's patrons.

"They asked for it ... ," Mr. Carpenter said. "This year, for the first time ever, we let the audience choose the episode themes. Midnight Radio is already a really interactive show, and the voting takes patron participation to a whole new level. ... Midnight Radio fans, you've made us proud."

Gayle Pazerski and Brad Stephenson, who write the fake breaking news segments, teamed up with "fictionaut" Joe Lyons to produce the script for "Cult Movie Classics." Josh Verbanets of local indie rock band Meeting of Important People -- plus a special guest or two -- will be the musical act for the shows.

Bricolage knows from experience that movies can be a treasure trove for theatrical parodies.

"Last year's spoof of 'Night of the Living Dead' was so successful that we were really excited when we saw that the fans had chosen another film-based episode," Mr. Carpenter said. "We chose to parody 'Godzilla vs. Mothra' and 'The 36th Chamber of Shaolin' because they're so bad that they're good. The veteran Midnight Radio writers have outdone themselves with this one. Honestly, my stomach hurt from laughing so hard during the rehearsals."

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students/seniors, with shows at 9 tonight and Saturday and next Friday and Saturday. More at webbricolage.org or 412-471-0999.

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Sharon Eberson: seberson@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1960. This story originally appeared in The Pittsburgh Press. To log in or subscribe, go to: http://press.post-gazette.com/


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