THEY DID THE BUNNY HOP DURING THE FINAL CHORUS OF DON’T BE THE BUNNY!!!! OMFG!!!! IT FITS PERFECTLY AND IT’S HILARIOUS!
This is the fifth production of this musical that I’ve seen (on Broadway, technically off-Broadway; the national tour at OCPAC; PCPA Theatrefest in Solvang; Laguna Beach High School) and I learn something new every time I see it. It is such a brilliantly constructed musical with thought-provoking content wrapped in comedy that I could see it five more times and still not be tired of it. The music is jazzy and fun, the dialogue and lyrics pop with cynicism and wit and the characters are lovable despite of, and even for, their depravity.
Now enough ranting about how great the show is. Some minor negative values for this production: it is a community college production run by community college students for many of whom this is their first time. Light cues were a little slow and fast at times, but then again I saw it opening night and the quality can only improve with more runs. But it’s not all bad for this production: the set is fascinatingly Brechtian in it’s simplicity (simple scaffolding giving the actors the minimal amount of levels and space they need to accomplish their tasks) and most of the actor’s are ringers brought in from outside the college. Directed by my godmother, Janet Miller (no I’m not just writing a positive review for her, appearances to the contrary), it includes a lot of people she’s worked with previously at the Torrance Theatre Company, and the majority turn in fabulous performances (I was slightly displeased with Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry as the two characters were far too similar). The cast includes Steve DeForrest, Michael Immel, Marty Baum, Craig Proctor and Erich Schroder.
All in all, a decent production with plenty of hilarity! Highly recommended.
And I love what they did with the restrooms.