Hey Las Vegas! Surf’s Up!
Can You Keanu? Point Break LIVE! Smash Hit, Full-Immersion Stage Production Comes to Las Vegas! Fueled by 100% Pure Adrenaline, Point Break LIVE! Delivers Action, Thrills, and Beer!
“Point Break LIVE!” is the absurdist stage adaptation of the 1992 Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze extreme-sports blockbuster that tells the story of former College football star, Johnny Utah, in pursuit of the surfing, bank robbing, skydiving, bare-hand-fighting adrenaline-junkie-cum-Zen-master Bodhi Sattva.
Since it’s Seattle debut in 2003, “Point Break LIVE!” has ‘rawked’ sell-out crowds in Seattle, Minneapolis, and New York City, and it continues strong, with the current LA and San Francisco productions – the latter receiving a City Proclamation from Mayor Gavin Newsom – performing to sold out shows and rave reviews.
“Point Break LIVE!” now comes to the V Theater, at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, beginning October 1, 2008, with four shows weekly, Wednesday through Saturday, at 10:00 p.m. The last Point Break LIVE! performance in Los Angeles takes place Saturday, September 13, 2008.
“Point Break LIVE!” features armed robbery, big-wave surfing, car chases, explosions, no less than two extended skydiving sequences and an indoor monsoon. This “action” play offers a true cathartic experience, putting you in the water with the surfers, throwing you out the door of an airplane, and robbing you at gunpoint. Add in the hotness factor – surfer dudes and female stunt doubles – and you have a night of live theater that rivals anything by Samuel Beckett in terms of pure excitement and energy.
The starring role of Johnny Utah is selected from the audience each night and reads their entire script off cue cards. This method manages to capture the rawness of a Keanu Reeves performance, even from those who generally think themselves incapable of acting. The fun starts immediately with the “screen test,” wherein the volunteer Keanu’s (usually 5-15 men and women vie for the role), go through a grueling audition process. The evening’s Keanu is then cast via Applause-o-Meter .
The audience doesn’t just watch “Point Break LIVE!”; they are in it. So, “Survival Kits ” are issued before the start of the show. “Survival Kits ” contain items to help audience members participate in “the ultimate ride,” and include a plastic emergency poncho to protect the viewers from the action that literally spills forth from the stage. It’s a messy show, it’s suggested you leave your fineries at home, but, that’s part of the fun, Brah.
Action, you say? There’s so much action, it can’t be contained to the stage! The action is videoed and played through a real-time live feed on TV monitors set to the side of the stage. Via the “Keanu Kam,” the audience can keep track of the volunteer Keanu when the action forth from the stage into, onto, and all around the audience! At the end of the performance, the “volunteer Keanu,” is handed a VHS tape of his or her performance.
And don’t think that just because Point Break LIVE! has made it to the Las Vegas Strip that it’s becoming another glitzy spectacle with amazing special effects. Point Break LIVE!’s producers are committed to keeping the ridiculously lo-budget, lo-fi aesthetic of cardboard waves and inflatable plastic palm trees that makes the show that much more hilarious, and it’s not just because they don’t have any money.
Will you have fun? We can slap ourselves on the back all day long till we dislocate our shoulders, but we’d rather let a batch of credible ‘Jimmy Olsens’ put in some rawkin’ knarly props about “Point Break LIVE!” … “In a nutshell: About the most dead-on dose of hilarity to ever be on stage.”
LA.COM … “So hideously over the top, you can’t stop laughing.”
– LA WEEKLY … “Can only be described as all-encompassing, wet, interactive, loud, extreme, and altogether awesome.”
– LA2Day.com … “‘Point Break LIVE!’ shamelessly rides the gnarly breakers of travesty until viewers wipe out on the shoals of helpless laughter.”
– LA TIMES … “‘Point Break LIVE!’ turns out to be a wild ride.”
– SAN FRANCISCO WEEKLY … “The fact that the movie is a surf saga and doesn’t necessarily lend itself to an adaptation for the stage is what makes the show all the more ridiculous and a must-see.”
– SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER … “What the play lacked in big Hollywood budget, it more than made up for in good, old fashioned slapstick comedy and deliciously awkward moments. There is so much action in ‘Point Break LIVE!’ that it was amazing the tiny theater didn’t collapse.”
– SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL “Point Break LIVE!” begins Wednesday, October 1, 2008, with performances taking place Wednesday through Saturday, at 10:00 p.m. at the V Theater, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd South, Ste. 360, Las Vegas, NV 89109.
Tickets are $43 to $59 each and can be ordered at http://www.varietytheater.com or by calling the box office at Phone: (702) 260-7200. If not sold out, tickets are also available at the V Theater box office. For more info, cast photos, and video, please visit www.pointbreaklive.com