Among other Liberated Theatre cult plays we should mention: Golem (1931), Caesar (1932), Robin Zbojnik [Robin Hood] (1932), Svet za mrizemi [World behind Bars] (1933)--containing the famous blues number Zivot je jen nahoda [Life is Just Chance], Osel a stin [The Donkey and the Shadow] (1933), Slameny klobouk [The Straw Hat] (1934), Kat a blazen [The Hangman and the Fool] (1934), Vzdy s usmevem [Always with a Smile] (1935), Panoptikum
(1935), Balada z hadru [Ragtag Ballad] (1935), Nebe na zemi [Heaven and Earth] (1936), Rub a lic [Front and Back] (1936), Tezka Barbora [Heavy Barbara] (1937), and Pest na oko [A Sore Thumb] (1938).
You kids don't have to look at that stuff,'' trying to divert their eyes from the gold metal coffin that sits in front of Panoptikum.
Panoptikum, named after an obscure German museum of the bizarre in the 1930s, is open all year long selling ``home decor for your dungeon,'' including such items as skull-and-candle chandeliers, replicas of torture devices, stuff from funeral homes, horror-related props from Hollywood studios - and it's not cheap.
Next to Panoptikum is Raven's Flight, which can be described as a witches' shop, and a mile or so away in Burbank is Dark Delicacies (``The House of Horror'').
You wouldn't expect those people who buy the large items to be interested in the merchandise,'' Panoptikum co-owner McGuire says.
According to McGuire, customers at Panoptikum (``Emporium for the Macabre'') include police officers, firefighters, paramedics, lawyers, directors, musicians and actors.
As for Halloween, it doesn't generate any more sales for Raven's Flight than the other seven major Wiccan festivals, says Raven Monauni, the store's owner and a self-proclaimed witch whose husband, Thomas, is co-owner of Panoptikum.
He undertook to establish that context in the early 1930s, adapting an exhibition model common throughout Europe during the nineteenth century--the Panoptikum, a mix of science fair, history lesson, and Mondo Cane wonderment (during the same century, P.
Housed in the cellar of the Hotel Wagner in Munich, Valentin's Panoptikum played games with traditional categories--science, re-creations of historical scenes, aberrations of nature, sundry wonders trivial or grand.
With his Panoptikum, Valentin invented a new context for comedy.