REVIEW: SF Sketchfest pays tribute to ‘Twin Peaks’ with two shows

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James Roday interviews cast members of “Twin Peaks” during an SF Sketchfest tribute at the Castro Theatre on Jan. 13, 2018. Courtesy: Photo: Jakub Mosur. Videos: Amiee Stubbs

SAN FRANCISCO — Two tributes to TV cult classic Twin Peaks took place on Saturday during SF Sketchfest. The first, a Q&A panel at the Castro Theatre, featured several cast members and discussions on both the original series and reboot. A musical tribute to Twin Peaks at The Chapel put the spotlight on some of the show’s most memorable music moments.

James Marshall, who plays James Hurley, was present for both the panel and musical tribute. He ultimately serenaded both crowds. At the talk, a fan asked James Marshall and Ray Wise (Leland Palmer) to sing their famous songs from the series. It took some convincing from the host, but Wise and Marshall decided to tease attendees with a sample. But of course, there was a catch: They sang their two songs simultaneously. It lasted for about six seconds until both erupted with laughter, along with the crowd.

At the musical tribute show, fans gussied up as their favorite Twin Peaks characters while The Red Room Orchestra performed the show’s haunting scores. Some cast members even joined in on the fun.

Marshall performed, “Just You and I,” which had debuted in “Coma,” the second episode of season 2. It was a small and tender scene amid the show’s chaos, where Marshall’s character and two girls crooned to the tune. In person, the song felt just as pure of heart and intimate as it did on the show. Marshall had mentioned during the panel that he was pleased with how James Hurley grew to become “more of who he truly is.”

Later, Kimmy Robertson, who plays quirky secretary Lucy Moran, called up Ray Wise to sing. Wise played incredibly true to character as he took the stage. With help from fellow castmates Harry Goaz (Deputy Andy Brennan) and Michael Horse (Deputy Hawk), Wise was shuffled out in handcuffs. He then performed “Mairzy Doats,” which was undoubtedly his character’s most famous song. Fans of the show might remember the tune from Leland Palmer’s grand entrance in the season two premiere, when his hair, shockingly, turned completely white.

Before the musical tribute, Wise had a lot to say about his time filming the show—from favorite scenes and personal memories to his shock after finding out who killed his TV daughter, Laura Palmer.

When asked about his favorite scene, Wise talked about the death of Laura and brought himself to tears. He confided that at the time of filming, his daughter had just been born, making the storyline painful to act out.

Wise reminisced on his character’s growth throughout the series, how devastated he was when Leland Palmer had his downfall and the shock he felt from reading the script.

Sherilyn Fenn re-enacted the iconic scene where Audrey Horne dances at the diner, in which she sways to the dreamiest music. It was another moment from Twin Peaks that just couldn’t be ignored. The live performance left out some of the song’s memorably eerie tones, but Fenn still managed to channel Audrey Horne and dance to the sultry jazz.

Fenn spoke earlier that day about her feelings on Audrey Horne, and confessed how sad and angry she was with her character’s growth. Fenn felt that Audrey “was imprisoned in her own mind” and that she still had a lot of emotions revolving around the character.

If Saturday’s shows prove anything, it’s that Twin Peaks is a hit in any format—even live in concert.

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