So much action! Much of it takes place on solid ground, but if that's not good enough for you, how about Sarah Connor (Christi Waldon) swinging from the rafters?
Or Bodhi and Johnny Utah skydiving in Point Break Live!?
Not all physical effects are possible at all venues; I was told after the show that the DNA Lounge is perfect for some of these gnarlier stunts. (SF FTW!) But they make the most of whatever venue they're in.
5. You Get To Yell Your Favorite Lines.
While Terminator Too and Point Break Live are interactive shows, and the audience is encouraged to get good 'n drunk, heckling is not okay, and active disruption of the show is not tolerated. That said, the audience gets plenty of opportunities to get involved, particularly for iconic lines.
When I was a teenager, a friend of mine was obsessed with Gary Busey's "Utah! Gimme two!" line from Point Break. Until Point Break Live!, I'd had no idea that other people loved that line, too.
I was a bit more aware of the popularity of "Hasta la vista, baby."
Now, you may have noticed the presence of a young lady (Melanie Minichino) dressed as a maid. This brings us to another reason you might like the show:
6. You're Probably a Big Dumb Boy.
I'm in no way privy to the stats or demographics for Topless Robot, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the readership is comprised, to a certain extent, of heterosexual males. The producers make no bones about the fact that Ms. Minichino, the Stage Manager, is dressed like that for the aesthetic pleasure of that population. (The more thematic reason for her outfit is as a reference to the Latina maid with whom Schwarzenegger had an affair.)
Her actual function is quite possibly the most important one in the show: she provides the lines on waterproof cue cards for the lead actor, and in general keeps things moving along.
In Point Break Live!, the role of the Stage Manager is essayed by Christi Waldon, Terminator Too's Sarah Connor.
7. It's Fun Even If You Don't Know the Movie.
There's about a nil chance that the average Topless Robot reader hasn't seen Terminator 2, but it's surprising how many radars Point Break has slipped past. It helps if you've seen the movie in question, but it's by no means necessary. (My pal KrOB has never seen Point Break, but had a blast at the show.) And if you're sensitive about your favorite movies being made fun of, rest assured that the cast and crew of Terminator Too: Judgment Play and Point Break Live! have every bit as much affection for the material as you do. They wouldn't be going to this kind of trouble if they didn't.
The next San Francisco performance of Terminator Too: Judgment Play is on May 1, 2014 at the DNA Lounge, and both it and Point Break Live run regularly at the Dragonfly in Los Angeles. For tickets and other info, check out terminatortoo.com and pointbreaklive.com.
Previously by Sherilyn Connelly: