Scott Marks noon, May 24
Hansel and Gretel Get Baked
In this surprisingly faithful retelling, Gretel (Molly C. Quinn) and her boyfriend Ashton (Andrew James Allen) are stoners who get their hands on a gnarly quarter-ounce of Black Forest, the El Dorado of weed. It hails from the enchanted forest, a labyrinthine grow room in the basement of the wicked witch Agnes’ (Lara Flynn Boyle) spacious Pasadena home. Ashton ventures off on his own and winds up getting twice-baked: once by the Black Forest and again in Agnes’ kiln. Enter non-user Hansel (Michael Welch) and a gang of local pushers to wage various battles against the all-consuming witch. H&G never reaches the causticity of Freeway, Matthew Bright’s scabrously satiric take on the Little Red Riding Hood saga, but I chuckled more times than anticipated. Skittles replace breadcrumbs only long enough for one of our players to get the munchies and eat the return directions. 2013.