Posted on Jul 25, 2014
5 out of 5
So far, I've seen about a dozen shows from the 2014 Kansas City Fringe Festival and this one has been my favorite. It's a satire of the 1980s buddy cop/action films with zombies thrown in to provide a little extra flavor. While the writing is wry and full of clever one-liners, the best part of this production is the fine acting cast that gives an energetic, spot-on-in-tone performance that delivers a lot of belly laughs.
It's definitely not meant to be taken seriously. The main villain carries around a cartoonish stuffed lizard that he throws at anyone who displeases him. The main heroes are a clueless pair of opposites, one a chiseled action stud who is consumed with avenging the death of his father and the other a heavy drinking, devil-may-care slacker. If that doesn't sound all-too-familiar, you may have not been watching movies during the 1980s. At any rate, together the two maverick policemen must overcome the usual cliches such as a chief who screams constantly about how if the case isn't solved soon the mayor will have his ass.
Overall, a very inventive skewing of over-the-top movie tropes of the Big Hair Decade, from clueless love interests to dance/music montages to macho one-liners before, during and after fight scenes. A-Cop-Alypse makes for a pleasant evening of entertainment and is a perfect example of the best that the Fringe Festival has to offer. I highly recommend it.