All those feisty female dinosaurs over at the SOHO Playhouse on Vandam Street are working their tails off as well as that other body part that is specifically male (something about frog DNA) in this new musical spoof TRIASSIC PARQ running through August 5th.
The SOHO Playhouse has been transformed into a theme park ride – all green and creepy (great scenic design by Caite Hevner) with sounds of the lab born animals ever present (Carl Casella & Christopher Cronin) as we begin our journey…
There are some seats on the stage. One is designated the “Splash Zone” for obvious reasons. The hard working and extremely talented actors, all seven, mingle with those on stage in their fabulous dino-wear costumes by Dina Perez and bathed in glorious lighting effects by Jen Schriever.
Lee Seymour, our droll narrator, is Morgan Freeman or is it Samuel L. Jackson? It is in the Parq that we meet muscular Mama (Wade McCollum) with a fine Shakespearian baritone. His little miracle “young and hungry for truth” is portrayed by the gifted Alex Wyse a guy with a fantastic voice and presence. It’s his birthday as he sings “It’s a Beautiful Day to Be a Woman.”
T-Rex 1 (a mighty Shelley Thomas) is best friends with T-Rex2 – actually more than best friends – ummm…the multi talented and very funny Claire Neumann (loved her in The Spidey Project!) who grows an unexpected dong which she is allergic to, causing all sorts of commotion within the community. They have the finest song in the show – a duet “Love Me Like Before”.
There is a Mime-a-saurus (Brandon Espinoza). Why a mime? Your guess is as good as mine. But Mr. Espinoza can certainly communicate.
The extraordinary Lindsay Nicole Chambers – “the exiled one” (late of the late Lysistrata Jones where she truly impressed) does likewise in this shambles of a so-called spoof which is sporadically amusing with a mediocre rock score that serves the plot as such but won’t be remembered long for its melodies or lyrics – although TRIASSIC PARQ was voted best musical in the FringeNYC 2010.
Winning performances and some clever choreography by Kyle Mullins try to lift this musical above its crude, penis hose and pussy humor which is college frat at best. It has been directed by Marshall Pailet who also wrote the music and book and lyrics along with Bryce Norbitz and Stephen Wargo. Destiny conceived this family.
Director’s note: Intended to be cute and funny reads “Sometimes it’s difficult for me to properly see the fruits of my labors, an oversized beret obstructs my left eye, and an undersized monocle the right.” That explains everything.
Drinks are available for this 90 minute show. Have a double.
www.triassicparq.com Photo: Carol Rosegg
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