It’s good to be a Wet Hot American Summer fan right about now. Well, it’s good to be that most of the time, since telling a group of people that you have to go hump the fridge is probably the best way to single out new friends from the herd, based on reaction. But now, more than ever, WHAS is experiencing something of a popular renaissance: we’ve already heard about the star-studded prequel that’s coming to Netflix, but did you know that WHAS: the play is making its debut this year, too?
While the project isn’t directly affiliated with WHAS creators David Wain and Michael Showalter, Wain gave his blessing to The Garage Theatre in Long Beach to “go nuts” with the adaptation. The show is also partially derived from Ben Acker and Ben Blacker version of WHAS (which was staged as a live radio play with most of the original cast at San Francisco’s Sketchfest in 2012), but this unique alt-theater spin on the cult classic is the Garage Theatre’s own: The Garage Theatre Attempts Wet Hot American Summer….the Play? And the hesitancy is intentional because, as writer Ryan Clancy told LA Weekly, “I have no idea if this is going to work.” It certainly is an ambitious project, but WHAS is just colorful and energetic enough to probably work well with a theater audience.
If you’re in the LA area, go find out for yourself. The play runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the Garage Theatre until March 21.