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Nightlife: For The Record, A Thoroughly PostModern Musical

The Place
Billed as a “theatrical concert,” For the Record is more like The Rocky Horror Picture Show set in a cabaret. In the last two years the series of micromusicals has riffed on the films of P.T. Anderson, the Coen brothers, and Quentin Tarantino. Since the reopening of Record’s venue, Rockwell: Table & Stage, the productions—complete with a live band, dance numbers, and the occasional roller skate—have become more elaborate. Tickets cost $20 to $40, and there’s a two-item minimum (food or drink). Finally—a dinner theater for the younger set. 

The People
A mix of die-hard Patti LuPone fans, movie nerds, and aspiring actors come to see the talented rotating cast. After all, it’s not every day you get to watch musical reenactments of Rollergirl’s misguided search for her mother or Jerry Lundegaard’s desperate bumblings.

The Payoff
Both an homage to and a parody of the musical, For the Record works well for those who love the genre and even better for those who don’t.

Ongoing. 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz, 323-669-1550.

 

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