Penned by visiting Missourians Ben Auxier, Brian Huther and Seth Macchi, and directed by their cohort Rusty Sneary, this gag-a-second, mile-a-minute romp just goes to show that sometimes, the oldest jokes in the book are still in the book for a reason.
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For a theatre company that consistently reinvents itself with every show, this may be BrightSide Theatre’s finest production to date.
Unapologetic, for sure, and that’s just how Music Theater Works artistic director Rudy Hogenmiller likes it and directs it, a gleeful sound in a season-long parting shot before he resigns.
The female-heavy ensemble has a great connection between the members and creates an electric energy in the room from the moment they step onstage. Liz Chidester has a nice supporting turn as a serious, chiding Carrie Nation, and Barbara E. Robertson carries the show on her back as Taylor, bringing a frenetic nature and empathetic approach to the role, despite the lack of assistance provided by the script.
This piece has the potential to be a fun-house mirror held up to humanity’s (in)ability to cope with tragedy and misfortune. We can stay on board for this. That is until we encounter, among other things, living toys, sequined galaxy-hopping country music stars and a city council made up of ex-Soviet dogs.