Captured Aural Phantasy Theater present “Comic Book Summer Camp” – Sunday August 4th at El Cid – Los Angeles theater report

The Captured Aural Phantasy Theater comedy crew of campers.
The Captured Aural Phantasy Theater comedy crew of campers.

They’re baaaaack!

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater (CAPT) is proud to celebrate its 5th year performing in Los Angeles with a return to the historic El Cid for another season of monthly shows!

Beginning THIS Sunday, August 4, this league of theater geeks, who blend comic books, pop culture and the absurd, will continue to thrill audiences with its signature variety show format that includes a special mix of live music, artful projections, radio show-style performance and entertaining acts.

To kick off this next run, they will present Comic Book Summer Camp on Sunday, August 4, a show that celebrates the season with live multimedia performances of summer-themed comic book stories, music and other pop-culture artifacts perfect for a warm night. Gather around the campfire and hear what’s been going on over summer vacation like surfin’ at Redondo Beach in 1967’s “Surf N’ Wheels” or Superboy two-timing Lois and Lana in the woods. In between, enjoy comedic bits, music, campfire songs, art and special surprises. Channeling their inner Meatball, they ask: “Are you ready for the summer?”

 Captured Aural Phantasy Theater present “Comic Book Summer Camp”

Where:                         El Cid

4212 W. Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA  90029


When:              Sunday, August 4, 2013

7:30 pm doors open and dinner seating begins

8:30 pm show starts


Tickets:               $10 at the door.

Pre-purchase tickets here – or – here or at the venue here.

Shows start at 8:30pm, but doors open at 7:30pm so audiences can revel in El Cid’s 100 year-plus history while enjoying a brand new tapas menu and superb cocktails. Get there early to grab a good seat and enjoy some excellent food, or get a perfect seat near the curtain and just start drinking!




Captured Aural Phantasy Theater combines the art, drama and comedy of a vintage radio program with the live entertainment of a variety show. In their signature show format, CAPT players interpret thematic comic books and other pop culture nuggets in the style of a retro radio program along with musical acts, projected art and comedic bits. With this perfect blend of variety, radio, cabaret, and multimedia performance, Captured Aural Phantasy Theater aims to entertain all your senses.

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is what would happen if Garrison Keilor, John Waters and Stan Lee all hooked up after a night of hard partying. Shows are built around performances of vintage pop culture gems, but the troupe’s specialty is giving old comic books a modern voice. Their retro-influenced variety show features real cultural artifacts of Americana interpreted for 21st-Century audiences.

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater has been performing around Los Angeles for over FIVE years, developing a devoted and growing following. They have, however, been playing with the pop culture-variety-show/comic book-radio-show-style medium for over TEN years. They’ve been featured at many renowned venues, including the Alexandria Hotel, i/O West, The Bootleg, the Velaslavasay Panorama and the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics.

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is a group dedicated to producing high-quality live, filmed and recorded entertainment; bred in Chicago, but in LA to stay. “We never fail to entertain!”


Here’s a little of what everyone is saying:

The Word on the Street:

“Park your time machine on Sunset and join these retro revivalists for a unique variety show that’s sure to impress funny book fans of every era.”

-Geek Chic Daily


“Featured Event”



“The gang at Captured Aural Phantasy has crafted something uniquely wonderful.”

-LA Weekly


“I highly recommend this show. Go see them now! You will be so happy you found them and you will become a loyal fan and want to see all their shows!”



LA Downtown News “Don’t Miss” List!


Featured in LA Weekly’s “GO LA!”,




The Cast:

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is a group of super-talented, experienced performers, writers, visual artists, and filmmakers. Cast includes:


Ben Dickow – Producer and director, who also lectures on the history of comics at Otis College

Laurel Robinson – Singer and Musical Director

Carlos Zelaya – Director and writer of the award-winning web series “Police Chicks”

Nicole Ortega – Producer and star of “Police Chicks”

Josh Hickman – Recording artist and member of the instrumental surf band “The Noble Gasses”

Michael Uribes – Veteran of the Los Angeles theater circuit and various TV appearances

Jim Meade – Song Writer and co-leader of the duo “Quinn’s Uncles”

Peter Wylie – Stage Manager, Assistant Producer and our resident Master of Theatrical Performance

Andres Loera – Audio/Visual Artist





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Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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