Thursday, November 1, 2007

Brilliant!

From Betti Trauth's review in the Eureka Times-Standard Northern Lights:

"Brilliant. That's the comprehensive adjective that could best describe “Urinetown: The Musical,” the current collaborative production of HSU's Department of Theatre, Film and Dance -- an innovative and darkly entertaining show that completes its all-too-limited run at the Van Duzer Theatre Saturday."

"With hints of a Brechtian “Three Penny Opera” edge, the music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis (who also wrote the book), are tuneful, clever and witty. They're also often touching with a wicked insight that is so sharp it can cut to the bone as the story explores what happens to a society when even the most necessary bodily functions are “privatized for pay.”

Outstanding in the fine-tuned ensemble cast of 30 are: Clayton Cook as Officer Lockstock, Chris Hatcher as Officer Barrel, Katherine Bickford as Penny Pennywise, Lindsey Tewsbury as Little Sally, Heath Houghton as tycoon Caldwell B. Cladwell, Jamie Banister as his daughter Hope, Chris Scardina as Mr. McQueen, Lela Annotto-Pemberton as Senator Fipp and Erik Rhea as hero Bobby Strong. "

So, make it a point to see this exceptional production before it closes this weekend. Performances continue tonight, Friday and Saturday.

"Rarely will local audiences have the chance to see such a creatively-conquered artistic package, one that so neatly wraps up every production aspect with such polished theatrical aplomb that the end result is all but seamless."

And Wendy Butler in her review in the Eureka Reporter says: "Count on a spectacular show at HSU."

URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL concludes its run in the Van Duzer Theatre at HSU with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (November 1-3) at 7:30 pm. Tickets from HSU Box Office (826-3928) or at the door.

2 comments:

The Director said...

Well, I didn't want to say I told you so, but "I told you so!" I've been singing the kids praises, along with Elisabeth, for a month and now every has a chance to enjoy their tremendous work! Thanks Betti and Wendy!

Hope cladwell said...

The show was amazing! I'm saddened that it has actually ended. :(

but we will be reunited for LA! :)