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New York Premiere of Beverly Bonner’s live stage show “CASEY - 30 YEARS LATER”
Event includes screening of Frank Henenlotter’s cult classic film “Basket Case”
By: Joan Phillips
This exciting night opens with dynamic opening acts, a screening of Frank Henenlotter’
BASKET CASE, released in 1982, tells the story of a young man who carries his deformed conjoined twin brother in a large basket while seeking vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will. Written and directed by Frank Henenlotter, BASKET CASE became a cult hit and spawned two sequels.
The show catches up with Bonner’s character from the film series, she is running an old age home for retired Hookers who, we find, are anything but retired, Casey has them “still working”. Casey is interviewed by a fan, a college reporter (played by Michael Varrati) who seeks to find out what she’s been up to all these years.
The evening will be hosted by zombie ringmaster Barnabus Bailey (Fred Terling) of The Greatest Show Unearthed. www.greatestshowunearthed.com. Aside from Ms. Bonner and Mr. Varrati, other actors appearing in this play are Joan Phillips, Joshua Emerick and a surprise mystery guest.
The show is hilarious and Ms. Bonner’s comic timing is flawless, she and Mr. Varrati are a charismatic, hilarious dynamic duel. Max Cheney, award winning blogger (The Drunken Severed Head), reviewed the August world premiere of the show at the Hollywood Theater in Pittsburgh, PA: See some of his comments below:
“The premise is that Casey, even brassier and sassier than in her youth, now runs a call girl service for elderly hookers, and is visited by a young journalist who wants to interview her about the people--including the monstrous Belial--seen in the cult movie.
……….it was also very funny! I laughed so hard at one point the row in front of me jumped--but they were laughing, too. I thought this was a smart event--more than a personal appearance of an actor at a film showing, this extended the movie's story. Henenlotter gave Ms. Bonner his blessing for the show because he enjoys her comedic talent. It was amply on display here…..”
An actress, comedian, producer, playwright and director, Ms. Bonner has appeared in films, stage productions and television. In addition to her role as Casey in the BASKET CASE series (she has appeared in all of Mr. Henenlotter’
Ms. Bonner wrote, produced and directed THE BEVERLY BONNER SHOW and BEVERLY BONNER’S LAUGH TRACK for television which ran in New York, Los Angeles and Detroit for many years. Most recently she could be seen in her play THE GLORIA GLITTER SHOW and HELP!! LET ME OUT OF MYSELF, which she has had to retire for now because of the huge response to CASEY---30 YEARS LATER. Visit her web site at www.beverlybonner.com for more information on upcoming shows.
Tickets for the show are $20 in advance at SmartTix.com or $30 at the door. There is a two drink minimum. The Broadway Comedy Club is located at 318 West 53rd Street (8th and 9th), NYC.