Hollywood A-listers doing dirty deeds and inspiring outlandish headlines? It's hardly a new phenomenon. Just consider the vintage celebrity gossip surrounding the night legendary actor John Barrymore died. The Blank Theatre's new comedy Something Truly Monstrous riffs on the real-life rumor that Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart stole Barrymore's recently-deceased body and went joy riding. It's May 30, 1942 and movie mogul Jack Warner offers a studio contract to Lorre, who's currently shooting Casablanca. Saddled with expensive tastes and a nasty drug habit, Lorre is tempted to sign. But while the contract means financial security, it will force Lorre to forever play monsters in the B-unit. To ensure that he won't give into this temptation, Lorre shoots himself full of morphine, steals Barrymore's body from the mortuary and recruits Bogart with plans to leave the body in Warner's living room. But every defiant step only leads Lorre closer to signing the contract that will turn him into the monster he fears he's already become. See film stars at their most hilariously fiendish when Something Truly Monstrous premieres at The Blank's Second Stage Theatre in L.A.
This production is recommended for audience members age 14 and older.
Running time is one hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission.
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