The Barking Pig

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Writer-director Michael Shaw Fisher's world premiere play takes us to highly unexpected places. The setting of a sleazy bar inhabited by the dregs of society initially suggests a poetic Tennessee Williams tragicomedy or a bloody Tracy Letts thriller. Yet ribald hilarity and tongue-in-cheek metaphysical themes soon predominate when, at the titular dive, news arrives that an imprisoned maniac has escaped, vowing to come and slaughter one of the bar's denizens. The eight-member ensemble, led by J. Scott as the vengeful psychopath and Asher Lyons as a scummy con artist, is sheer perfection, proving that unadulterated ham can be a sublime guilty pleasure.

Orgasmico Theatre Company at Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., June 11, 8:30 p.m.; Sun., June 12, 2 p.m.; Fri., June 17, 8:30 p.m.; Sat., June 18, 1 & 10 p.m.; Sun., June 19, 2:30 p.m.; Fri., June 24, 7 p.m.; Sat., June 25, 5:30 p.m.; Sun., June 26, 2:30 p.m.