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Escape to Margaritaville at Actors’ Playhouse accomplishes what its title suggests. Specifically, the show conjures the kind of laid-back escape during which you might sport a hat and sunglasses, and hold a tall drink topped with a cherry or pineapple. In between sips, you snap, clap, tap, and/or sing along to Jimmy Buffett’s greatest hits.
Slow Burn Theatre Company’s Shrek the Musical is pure unadulterated fun, not just youngsters in the audience watching familiar fairy tale characters cavort in atypical ways, or older kids enjoying nose-thumbing humor involving farts and belches, but also adults quietly enjoying the more sophisticated jokes, cultural references and gentle skewering of the unrealistic tropes they were raised on.
When the 9 to 5 bowed in 1980 , the movie about women rebelling against being taken advantage of was downright funny, even if the injustice and sexism it depicted was universally acknowledged as all too common. The musical version revived by Slow Burn Theatre Company is still pretty funny, but in the wake of the #metoo movement, it inherently contains a bit more topspin on the revenge fantasy against behavior now deemed inexcusable.
One pleasure of a theater critic’s job are these year-end retrospectives that require looking back at reviews and be reminded, “Oh, yeah, that was really great. And right, there was that. And how could I forget that one?”
The temptation is to announce that ‘a star is born’ in Actors’ Playhouse’s production of the musical It Shoulda Been You. But that would be mildly insulting to the fact that Cindy Pearce has been working on local stages about 14 years, most memorably as Penelope Pennywise in Slow Burn Theatre’s Urinetown.
As far as large-scale Broadway musicals, Ragtime stands as Actors’ finest mainstream work ever, as accessible and satisfying as it is passionate and thoughtful. Anyone who cares about musical theater, or theater in general, should make a special effort to see this production.
The sparse crowd Saturday night at Actors Playhouse must be a result of people thinking, “Oh, I like it well enough, but I’ve seen Godspell.” But they’d be wrong, to their loss. This earnest troupe led by director David Arisco has reinterpreted and re-imagined for the umpteenth time the venerable warhorse so that it seems fresh and familiar at the same time.
Slow Burn Theatre’s production of Urinetown the Musical marks another milestone in the young troupe’s evolution as a reliable purveyor of edgy, offbeat musical theater that few other mainstream companies have the courage to produce.