Saturday, July 21, 2012

Theatre in the Park: "Urinetown"

I'm in Kansas City this weekend! Spending a little quality time with my sis, Kiri, and aunt, uncle and cousins. So far, it's been very low key. Yesterday, after Kiri got off work, we went to Red Lobster for a late lunch. I haven't been to Red Lobster since I was a kid, so probably twenty or so years. For the record, Cheddar biscuits are amazing, and I'm over my aversion to shellfish (I haven't been able to stomach it since I saw "Drop Dead Gorgeous" when I was in high school (Bad shellfish, LOTS of upchucking. Blah). But, I had pasta with lobster and shrimp and lived to eat another day.

After returning to their house for a two-hour nap (It's really hot here, and add that to a carb-heavy lunch. READY for sleep!), we drove down 435 to Shawnee, Kansas to visit my friend, Actress and Singer, Danielle Gibbs, and we saw the show, "Urinetown" at Theatre in the Park.

Yes, that is a giant toilet. Fitting, no?
I wish I'd taken more pictures, and gotten pictures of Danielle and I, but we got there when the show was about to start, so no dice. :-(

For those who aren't aware, here's the basic plot of "Urinetown," which is a musical dramedy.


Urinetown tells the story of Assistant Urinal Custodian Bobby Strong. The show opens with a grim welcome from Officer Lockstock, a policeman, assisted by the street urchin Little Sally. ("Too Much Exposition").[6] According to Lockstock and Little Sally, a twenty-year drought has caused a terrible water shortage, making private toilets unthinkable. All restroom activities are done in public toilets controlled by a megacorporation[7] called "Urine Good Company" (or UGC). To control water consumption, people have to pay to use the amenities. There are harsh laws ensuring that people pay to pee, and if they are broken, the offender is sent to a penal colony called "Urinetown", never to return.

The Cast singing "Too Much Exposition"
 It was a fun show, but definitely NOT an upper. When I was in college, our theater department did it, so I kept comparing it to the show my friends did back in 2007. I might be biased, but I think my school did it better. I loved the location of the theater, though. It was in a park. They've been doing shows here for 34 years. It was a beautiful evening. Being in the grass definitely cooled things down a bit, and at intermission, there were Italian Ices to be had (I had rainbow, which was lemon, lime and blueberry. Danielle and Kiri both had Bomb Pop). Good stuffs.

That is day one of my weekend. Now we're off to go see the "Amazing Spiderman." Excited!

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