The one with a gay romp

August 17, 2010


That is a picture I took of the dancing old ladies from The Producers, while at the Lakewood Fourth of July Parade.

Today kiddies we have a review of The Producers being performed at The Beck Center for the Arts

It’s 1959, and a new musical by Broadway producer Max Bialystock flops, closing after just one performance. Just as Max is ready to throw in the towel he is given a gem of an idea by mousy accountant, Leo Bloom, who discovers that under the right circumstances, a producer can actually make more money with a flop than with a hit. Max convinces Leo to enter a scheme to produce the worst flop ever, Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva at Berchtesgarden, and bilk investors to the benefit of Max and Leo’s bank accounts.

Hilarity ensues.

The play is of course based on the classic Mel Brooks’ 1968 cult comedy film, The Producers and was a HUGE (read chick that played precious sized) hit on Broadway, winning a record 12 Tony Awards.
Now that the little bit of synopsis is out of the way I can get on to the review. All around my review is completely positive. I have a few instances where I thought the production wasn’t as good as some of the others ones I’ve seen at the Beck.

Thank you Mother in Law!

Ahem yes back to the show. The actors (a veritable army of them) bring a glorious amount of energy and the comedy seems truly inspired. The large company is wonderful together, with hilarious production numbers such as the “Along Came Bialy,” which features 16 old ladies dancing with their walkers and draws the first Act to a wonderful close.

Max and Leo are assisted by aspiring actor and Swedish knockout Ulla (played to a cutesy tee by Betsy Kahl). Then we have the “cuddly” Nazi Franz. The role is enveloped and excellently played by Gilgamesh A. Taggett. He provides constant funnies as he is being wooed by the two producers. Max and Leo seek the “help” of Roger DeBris “the worst director in town” to ensure the play’s demise. Kelly throws himself into the role of the flaming queen director. Roger DeBris is an egomaniac that is lovingly and hilariously aided by his assistant Carmen Ghia. Chris Richards tiptoes the line of over the top as the wacky sidekick.

This brings us to the two main roles. First we have Leo, the mousy and wimpy accountant. He dreams of being a producer of Broadway plays. Brandon Isner makes Leo every bit the wimp the character should be. He is fragile and in need of coddling.

I find a slight (very slight) flaw with Max played by Mark Heffernan. He plays the role with energy and is charming. The problem I had was Heffernan’s acting lacked the neuroses that encased the producer’s cartoonish sleaze and greed. This causes the character to lose its teeth this way. Overall though I have no problem with him and the play only suffers slightly because of it.

I found the costumes and set to be a bit dull compared to other productions at the Beck. This however changed with the second act. The costumes and set for the show stopper “Springtime for Hitler” were amazing. The number is over the top wrong and yet so so right. DeBris forced last minute into the role of Hitler tries (and fails hilariously so) to play it straight. These are truly the brightest and funniest moments of the entire production.

And now a rant:

The show was wonderfully done and highly entertaining. The audience I had a bone to pick with though. There were all sorts of people talking and getting up loudly during the show. A lady behind us continually complained that she felt it was to “sexy” for her taste. I can only gather that she meant sexual. She spent two minutes talking about the outfit of Ulla. Throughout the show there were a couple of people who continually opening their cell phones.

Don’t even get me started on how easily audiences these days give standing O’s. This crowd was this way too, though I like the curmudgeon that I am refused to stand.

The final weekend is this weekend (8/20-8/22)
Friday and Saturday: 8pm
and Sunday at 3pm
Buy tickets here

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Is this recap on?

August 16, 2010

And here we go. We need to rush right into the weekend recap because there was so much going on.

Wait I mostly sat on my couch all weekend?

Okay then. Those days can be good too. You know just sitting on the couch with your sweetie relaxing.

Oh it was mostly sitting on the couch with my laptop by myself? Well okay then.

Look can we just get through this recap without you asking so many questions? I mean rude. Give me a chance without all these accusations you keep throwing at me. I don’t need this type of abuse!

Anynotfunnyjoke the weekend was a strange mixture of doing things and sitting around. Friday night we had tickets to the Beck Center for the Arts production of ‘The Producers’. There will probably be a bigger post with my thoughts on the show tomorrow (no promises!) It was a fun time though. From there we made our way over to Parnell’s Pub to help the two soon to be newlyweds celebrate but since that plays is like 3 hours long we of course missed them. It was still a good time as always and we celebrated (read drank) with them in spirit. The wifey had 2 Strongbow and got a cute little buzz. She normally holds it better than that but it’s cute when she gets a little loopy up there.

Bed time a robust (what the what?) 2:30am.

And then Saturday we slept till noon. Yeah, for no real reason I slept that late and because of it woke up with a headache. This was a day for complete and utter uselessness. The wifey was on the phone with Dell for a long while (shocking I know.) I tried to get some writing done and shake the headache. I watched some English Premier League matches. We enjoyed our new French press.

Later in the day we went to see A night at the Opera (Marx Brothers bishes) at the Cinematheque. I’m digging the Cinematheque. A good place to watch flicks you can’t find elsewhere and you can bring your own food and drink into the theatre. I still don’t think the membership is all that worth it though but I love the place.

And I’m the Mayor bishes! (I’ll wait while you all yell your hatred for 4square out)

Afterwards we went home and had some delicious dinner. Of course the meal following the diets guidelines of:

1 protein
1 veggie
2 cups of lettuce
1 fruit

4 pounds lost last week which can be added to the previous 6 to make a decent start. Long ways to go but I know that and plan to make it there. It’s been easier this time because the wife has made a good variation of what we can have.

They say variety is the best way to make money in the prostitute business.

Something similar to that. Anyhooking from there we went to you guessed it Parnell’s! This time it was to meet some friends who now live out of this awesome state. We had a few drinks and a bunch of laughs. I got a few good overheard tidbits too. From there it was pretty much home and to bed.

Bed time: 1:00am

Sunday we woke up earlier but it was a lazy day for me (what else is new?) as I watched some more EPL and tried to write. I mostly just worked on some editing and what not which counts.

Is this thing on?

The wife did some cleaning and of course there was the Star Wars marathon on Spike TV. I can’t pass up Star Wars. It was fun to see her bust out with the appropriate famous line for whatever scene was on when she entered the room.

By fun I mean hot. Sexy sexy.

Anynerd then we went to her dad’s house for some grub and family time. Which is always fun, especially since he floated the idea of us going to a Brown’s game. We headed to the big bird for some quick fix to a food for the next day problem. Then we came home made sure to dvr the roast of Hasselhoff and I watched the end of Summerslam.

She went to bed pretty early and I stayed up writing and then doing the dishes.
Don’t ask.

Then I wrote out a post card to send to my Uncle who is in jail. It’s been a while since wev’e talked and I wanted a quick way for him to get something to know I’m thinking of him.

How was your weekend?

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