Sunday, May 31, 2015

Urinetown, the Musical
Equinox Theatre Company: May 15 - June 6

                                           Jim Hitzke 

     Equinox Theatre's “Urinetown,The Musical,” now on view at The Bug Theatre, is an entertaining evening of theatre full of very fun tunes, that sends up everything from “Les Mis” to “Fiddler on the Roof.”
     This production is directed by Colin Roybal who also choreographed and did the lighting and scenic designs. Roybal is a fine theatre artist. However…this time he may have been spreading himself a little too thin. In this production it’s Roybal’s choreography that’s best.
     The casting is uneven. Leading with fine performances are Shahara Ray, Carolyn Lohr, Jim Hitzke and David Gordon. The acting of the other cast members might be described as the Indiana Jones variety - all over the map.  
      The SRO audience didn’t seem to mind though.
     Shahara Ray’s work is well known in the community as being consistently well done. This artist has appeared in the 3rd National tour of “Les Miserables” as well as performing the part of Grizabella with the German Company of “Cats.” Here she  plays Penelope Pennywise, the keeper of the keys to the urinal, with gusto.
     Ms. Lohr is outstanding as Hope Cladwell. Every beat of her performance is studied and well executed.

     Jim Hitzke is well cast as Caldwell B. Cladwell and sings “Don’t Be the Bunny” with panache.
     New to this reviewer was David Gordon in the role of Officer Lockstock.  A confident stage presence, good comic timing and a fine voice make this actor’s name one to search out in future programs.
     As Bobby Strong, newcomer Kalond Irlanda is at his best singing “Run Freedom, Run.”Marlowe's Musings

The Bug Theatre is at 3654 Navajo St., Denver, CO 80221

 For tickets go online to and 720-984-0781

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