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UrineTown the musical

UrineTown the musical

UrineTown the musical

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You have to take a leak. You are crossing your legs waiting in line while your toes curl in agony. You count your coins to see if you have enough. You finally do after saving up for 16 hours of holding in your morning coffee. Finally, it is your turn to go into the public bathroom that you share with your whole neighborhood. Welcome to Urinetown folks.

In a futuristic city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government- enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero named Bobby decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

I recently had the chance to check out the show UrineTown at St. Benedict’s. It was put on from April 7-10 and 14-16, 2016 and directed by Adam Houghton. They hosted it in their smaller, more intimate Gorecki Theatre. I had a great experience enjoying the cast perform.

The man that played the character Officer Lockstock was wonderful at his part. He incorporated the Vaudeville type of acting and nailed his timing on his jokes. My favorite character in the show was Joseph Old Man Strong. He played a small role but captured the audience’s attention every time he was on stage. His character, played by Kevin Doung, dies at the beginning of the show but comes back at parts as a ghost. He created such comedy and laughter through his characters small movements and personality. This is amazing considering how little he was in it! That is a sign of a great actor.

I also enjoyed the music immensely. It has a fun vibe that pulled you in with crazy harmonies and exciting rhythm. My favorite song was Don’t Be The Bunny. It was how someone should not be weak in a big corporation, and the director staged a grown man being the bunny when they sung the song. The movement created awkward tension but was perfectly executed to make it amusing. Overall, the musical was just uncomfortable enough to make it a splendid Friday evening at the theatre. I hope to see more shows at St. Benedict’s in the future and watch them evolve as a theatre program.

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