Zombies are, by definition, comebacks but don't refer to the recent zombie renaissance as a comeback around Kris Hipps. "I'm not sure they ever really left us," claims Hipps, director of the Bug Theatre's stage production of George Romero's 1968 zombie opus, Night of the Living Dead. "They were just patiently waiting underground, in closets, in labs, for us to appreciate them again for the cool, scary monsters they are." The Bug's revamp combines the basic premise of Romero's flick a group of strangers holed up in a farmhouse under siege by an undead army with pre-recorded film projected on stage and even some horror-lightening laughs. "I love mixing stage and film, and this was the perfect opportunity, Hipps says. The most challenging thing has been staying true to the original movie while adding our own unique voice to it. We threw in a little comedy and some new characters. Everything old is new again." Night of the Living Dead opens October 2 with an 8 p.m. show and runs Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween at the Bug, 3654 Navajo Street. Admission is $15, $12 for those in full zombie makeup. And real zombies get in free, of course. Who's gonna tell them no? For tickets and info, call 303-477-9984 or visit www.bugtheatre.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Oct. 2. Continues through Oct. 31, 2009