It’s time once again to “get ready to match the stars with a new edition of Dennis Hensley’s The MisMatch Game, the show the Los Angeles Times calls, “witty, ribald … an adventure in surrealist era bending.” The perennial LA cult favorite returns to the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre for two hilarious nights only, Saturday, March 14 at 8pm and Sunday, March 15 at 7pm.
Producer and host Dennis ‘Gene Rayburn’ Hensley will be joined onstage by a panel of some of LA’s most creative, hilarious, and demented comic minds. Fractured celebrity impersonations include such luminaries (living and otherwise) as Zooey Deschanel, Bea Arthur, Harvey Fierstein, Cher, Ricardo Montalbán, and Tim Gunn. The casts for Saturday 3/14 includes Willam Belli as Jessica Simpson, Rachel Butera as Wanda Sykes, Danny Casillas as Reba Arriva, Drew Droege as Tanya Roberts, Sam Pancake as Lucille Ball, and Tony Tripoli as Charles Nelson Reilly. On Sunday 3/15, the cast will be Jackie Beat as Bea Arthur, Maile Flanagan as Danny Bonaduce, Nadya Ginsburg as Cher, Tom Lenk as Zooey Deschanel, Felix Pire as Ricardo Montalbán, and Marc Samuel as Bill Cosby. Cast members subject to change. Hensley and company are once again generously donating the proceeds to benefit the Center’s array of free and low-cost services.
The MisMatch Game regularly fills the house at its irregularly scheduled gigs at the Renberg Theatre. Audiences keep coming back for the razor’s-edge improv (the panel has no clue what the questions will be) and the sassy, racy, and decidedly un-PC wit and wildness. The Advocate honored The MisMatch Game with a “10 Best Theatre” citation, saying, “This recurring Los Angeles happening re-imagines the ’70s TV game show The Match Game with full-camp press and excellent sub-lebrity impersonations.” With kitschy prizes for volunteer contestants pulled from the audience, it’s time to dig out that leisure suit for a racy, irreverent, side-splitting parody of ’70s game show insanity.
The MisMatch Game will be played on Saturday, March 14 at 8pm and Sunday, March 15 at 7pm. General admission tickets are $15. All seats may be purchased online at www.lalgbtcenter.org/theatre or by phone at (323) 860-7300. Net proceeds from all ticket sales will support the full range of free and low-cost programs and services offered by the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre is located at the Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place (one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Boulevard), in Hollywood. Free onsite parking is available.