This SUNDAY – Captured Aural Phantasy Theater presents “Haunted Horror Spook Show” – Los Angeles variety theater report


Terror from the page – on stage!

CAPTURED AURAL PHANTASY THEATER presents its Haunted Horror Spook Show at the historic El Cid for One Night Only – Sunday, November 3.

The perfect conclusion to your Halloween festivities is this terrifying live variety show! It’s a dazzling combination of multimedia, radio show-style performances of vintage 50’s horror comic book stories with the elements of an old-time spook show—featuring live music, ghostly effects, weird magic acts, spine-chilling tales, sultry singing and a monstrous séance.

See a girl cut in half!

Watch them raffle off a dead body!

Chilling and Gory Horror Comic Books comin’ at ya, LIVE!

Before slasher films and torture porn, and before the U.S. Senate sanitized the entertainment industry during the mid-’50s, kids gobbled up horrific tales of murder and the occult in comic books. The Haunted Horror Spook Show brings select tales of comic book terror to life, giving them an absurd spin in CAPT’s signature variety show format.

Captured Aural Phantasy Theater is the original comic book / radio / variety show based right here in LA for over 5 years! Accept no substitutes this Halloween season!


Haunted Horror Spook Show

*One. Night. Only*

~ at ~

El Cid

4212 W. Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90029


Sunday, November 3, 2013

7:30 pm doors open and dinner seating begins

8:30 pm show starts

The Haunted Horror Spook Show is the newest show in their 5th Anniversary Season and the next installment in their monthly residency at El Cid. They always start the show at 8:30pm, but doors open at 7:30pm so audiences can start enjoying El Cid’s brand new tapas menu and superb cocktails. Get there early to grab a good seat! Enjoy a variety show, music and booze.

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



This is a BIG year for CAPT! The 2013-2014 season celebrates Captured Aural Phantasy Theater’s 5th Anniversary in Los Angeles. However, they have been playing with the pop culture-variety-show/ comic book-radio-show-style medium for over 10 years. They’ve been featured at many renowned venues around town, including the Alexandria Hotel, i/O West, The Bootleg, the Velaslavasay Panorama and the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics.

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 sample 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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