Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Rewinding Back to 1987

These days, it's all about reliving the 80s.

Remember the feathered bangs, white ankle socks with stilettos, guys sporting Axl Rose hair, acid wash jeans, the Brat Pack of Demi-Emilio-Molly-Judd-Ally-and-Anthony, Mister T, scrunchies, jelly shoes, Madonna circa "Like A Virgin", air guitar, The Smurfs, Jem and the Holograms, and a baby-faced Patrick Dempsey? Owning a Donna Karan powersuit was the fashion nirvana for every working girl channeling Melanie Griffith, and nothing -- I repeat, nothing -- beat a pair of front row tickets to the Bon Jovi concert.

For those Generation X-ers and Y-ers who long to live the good old days, you're in luck. Drop by The Larchmont on Melrose to attend the most rockin' interactive homecoming party Rewind 1987, directed by Joel Thielke and set at the fictional Southern Dam High's 1987 Homecoming Dance. You'll mingle with every high school clique and stereotype, played to perfection by a group of local actors, some veterans of the showbiz and some up-and-coming.

There's the catty, popular girls helmed by headcheerleader Amanda. Expect one of these divas (either Janet or Krissy) to stop by your table, inform you "you're not as pretty as her but here's a friendship bracelet anyway". Trust me, I got an orange one. Naturally, Amanda's boyfriend Jake is the resident half-wit jock, joined at the hip by his equally oafy sidekick, Hulk. Then you've got the ESL Japanese exchange students Suki and Taki, the latter practically a replica of Long Duck Dong. Dillard the nerd goes off on a scientific rant if you let him (ask him about his light), and Coach Wormer attempts to get you on the dance floor to do an 80s boogie with him. Jerry is the overzealous (and slightly gender ambiguous) drama kid and Sally is the shy girl who just can't stop crying about something. Cassie is the female version of Judd Nelson's "boy-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks" Bender of The Breakfast Club (make sure to read the message on her hilarious tee-shirt) and Bobby Rock MC is the Guns ' n' Roses-influenced rocker dude. Rounding out the adult troupe is BJ King (a colorful, RuPaul-esque character) and Mrs. Bright. This ensemble cast will seriously keep you laughing all night with their memory-evoking antics.

Have a cold beer from the cash bar, sport your old crazy high school gear (including your leg warmers ladies!), mess around with the characters, get your free polaroid taken by the Homecoming Photo Booth Geek, and "Rock The Casbah" to the best 80s hits at Rewind 1987.

It beats a 10-year high school reunion any day.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

head cheerleader amanda told me i'd look better with a tan. i agree, the show's a blast. even if cassie the rebel did scare me a little.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband and I laughed and danced all night long! This is the best night out EVER! - I hated my highschool homecoming. It is way better the second time!!! PS. I also made my husband dress up once he got there he LOVED IT, I had to drag him out and I had so much fun finding a horrific 80's homecoming dress. - Cyndi, from Sherman Oaks.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the most histerical thing I've ever been to. THIS IS A MUST DO! - Sam, Hollywood.

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like, totally freak me out! This is the most tubular party, forsure!!!!:) - Kim, Toluca Lake.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fer sure, the best thing going on in LA right now!! You have to go!!!
Maggie - Santa Monica

5:42 PM  

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