CHICAGO -- A bloody movie could be even more grisly when translated into live action. Michael J. Alessandro's grungy stage adaptation of Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, which opens Jan. 23 in a bold venture from Chicago's Azusa Productions, follows the fates of some justly paranoid diamond thieves -- and one beleaguered cop -- who self-destruct in a warehouse from hell.
Alessandro has a definite yen for Tarantino: The same week in which Reservoir Dogs opens in Chicago, Alessandro's even more daring adaptation of Pulp Fiction premieres at his resident troupe, the Feast of Fools Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. Let the blood bags burst!
-- By Lawrence Bommer