“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man,” Rod Serling once wrote, beginning his weekly introduction to “The Twilight Zone.” Now there is a sixth dimension he probably never imagined, as the Impro Theatre transforms his classic TV anthology series into the live comedy of “Twilight Zone UnScripted.”
Serling’s original creation wasn’t humorless — not with such comedic icons as Buster Keaton and Art Carney passing through — but the series’ central diet was usually dread and the unexplained, unfolding in half-hour installments of science fiction and fantasy. In the hands of the Impro Theatre group, it will become a source for laughs when its 30-show run opens Sept. 6 at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank.
A cast of seven will dress in various shades of black, white and gray to evoke the look of the original TV series, which ran from 1959 to 1964, dealing with mid-century “American characters that are very earnest and filled with joy,” said Dan O’Connor, Impro Theatre’s artistic director. “Or the dark side of that time — McCarthyism and people filled with paranoia.”