Doors to Nirvana

Remember when you were in college and you read Jean Paul Sartre's No Exit and it made you want to start chain-smoking? And if you were already a smoker, it made you want to start mainlining equine tranquilizers? Well, imagine a play with a similarly suffocating setup, except instead of some random guy and two random women trapped in a room together for all eternity, torturing each other with mindlessly melodramatic conversation, it's Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison welcoming a newly deceased Kurt Cobain into what is apparently some sort of rock icon green room of the afterworld. More specifically, it's 27 Heaven, deriving its particular numerical nomenclature from the age of all these megastar musicians at the time they so tragically passed into the great beyond. Adam Roebuck (The Wedding Singer, The Vagina Monologues), working with a story by Ian Halperin and Todd Shapiro, directs this rock 'n' roll fantasy musical about Cobain’s crossroads at the gates of heaven. We find that decades suspended in metaphysical limbo have not been too kind to the expired hippie heroes. Janis still drinks like a dozen thirsty sailors, Jimi's now a neo-Nazi and Morrison has converted to Judaism. Guess what ensues? Zany antics, that's what. We want to see if the whole thing ends with Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison and Cobain all coming back to life as zombies who roam the countryside for cocaine and brains. Let 27 Heaven rock you to death 8 p.m. Sunday at the Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. Tickets are $25, $35 and $45. Call 214-824-9933 or visit
Sun., Feb. 11, 8 p.m.


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