ZJU's latest offering, Hyenas: An American Farce, at least remains typical in that theatre's efforts to present works that blow the mind. You can call it Absurdist, Surrealist, whatever. I myself use a more general term--Theatre of Dreams, based on the dreamlike logic of this world.
Hyenas, written by David Dickens and directed by Brandon Slezak, proves quite a bit more "linear" than many shows at ZJU. But it certainly resembles nothing very naturalistic. Rather we enter through some kind of modern American looking glass in which laughter is currency, laugh tracks a semi-metaphor for automation (or social media, or maybe the increasing isolation of humanity from itself), up is down, time is out of joint and violence weirdly just part of business.
The cast (they come across as quite talented, I should note) consisted of Paul Thorn Bacon, Megan Combes, David Dickens, James Ferrero, Jacqui Grilli, Jetta Juiansz, Liz Lamier, Ian Michaels, Alison Reubens and Alfredo Trueba.
So--bit of a muddle. Interesting, to be sure. At best compelling in a real and very odd way. At worst, just strange. Most of it somewhere in between.
Hyenas: An American Farce plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm through February 25, 2017 at Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim (just south of the NoHo sign), North Hollywood, CA 91601.