Prom Dates from Hell


If you thought your prom was a nightmare, you haven’t experienced Prom Night of the Living Dead, produced by Anna Grace Carter and written by Kris Chung. This interactive triumph from Brooklyn Innovative Theatre Experience closes Sept. 4 at the Player’s Theater in the West Village, so if you aren’t leaving Brooklyn this weekend, this will count as your mini-Labor Day vacation. Arrive early so you can grab some sake-infused punch and gossip with the students before the class of 1962 welcomes you to their senior prom, complete with banners, streamers and dreamy lighting to spark slow dances. This stereotypical high school class comes complete with jocks and their popular leading ladies, bad boys and nerds, all awaiting an ill-fated end. The audience is encouraged but not required to wear their finest prom attire, and comfortable shoes are a must, as the prom committee leader, Irma (Jennifer Rugani) enthusiastically leads the evening’s festivities and gets the audience to join a conga line and dance the mash potato. The cast is so effective in involving the audience in their world it comes as an unexpected but welcome shock when flesh-eating zombies attack the school. Tickets are $28 and remaining showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm.–Sarah Duffy

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