Two fabulous theater lovers give their take on the touring show of The Drowsy Chaperone, the latest Best of Broadway performance at the North Charleston Peroforming Arts Center.
They were not drunk, but they were drowsy when filing this review.
Greg: Final take.
Shane: Very pleasantly pleased.
Greg: You know that’s essentially the same two words.
Shane: I don’t care. I’m reviewing this way past my bedtime. Anyway, I feel like it’s the best show so far this season — God love Annie, but it’s true.
Greg: First, for the record, we missed the opening number.
Shane: Thanks to our theater buddies and their pitcher of margaritas.
Greg: The devil’s brew indeed. The story is about a neurotic theater lover who is playing the record from his favorite show, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he plays the record, we watch the show play out in his apartment.
Shane: And he’s homo-sex-ual.
Greg: He may or may not be gay.
Shane: Were you watching the same play I was watching?
Greg: It was a little coy. Well, it reminded me of my old roommate, Rodney, who would play the ‘N Sync Christmas album in April.
Shane: It does carry that same hint of desperation.
Greg: The comedy is really what struck me in the show.
Shane: Spot on. And the way it was all so over-the-top, it just made it so much better.
Greg: I think the key line in the show was the man’s assertion that musicals were a lot like pornography. The story is the little break between the …
Greg: Well, yeah. But in this case, it’s the songs that give the break between the hilarious dialogue. You enjoy the songs, but you want to get back to the story.
Shane: My favorite part is the mock intermission leading into the “second act.”
Greg: Yeah. By the end of the first act, the show has made fun of gangsters, starlets, musicals, fake stage accents — and then it gets around to making fun of itself.
Shane: The thing about this is that it’s hard to pick a favorite character. And that says something for the ensemble.
Greg: John West, as the Man in the Chair, certainly had the best lines.
Shane: And he was on the entire time. Even when he wasn’t the center of attention. You could not keep from watching him.
Greg: Roberto Carrasco was also a standout as Aldolpho.
Shane: Ridiculously stereotyped. I thought he was awesome. He had terrific timing.
Greg: A favorite song?
Shane: I loved loved loved loved loved loved loved “Show Off.” You can count that. It was seven. Elizabeth Pawlowski played Janet Van De Graaff exactly how I would expect a starlet of that era to be. Being a bride was her biggest role yet and she had those people eating out of the palm of her hand.
Greg: To sum up …
Shane: This is now one of my all-time favorite musicals. It is absolutely to die for. I would suggest this to anyone.
Greg: There are certainly more laughs in this musical than I can remember. You know, one of my favorite lines was the man’s suggestion that the song title, “Love is Always Lovely in the End,” had some sexual undertones.
Shane: The pornography and the sexual undertones. I’m picking up on a pattern with you.
Greg: I blame the margaritas.
Shane: You didn’t have any.
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