There was a guy in the audience Friday night who had obviously been overserved and who thought it would be funny to make some mumbling wisecracks every few minutes or so.
The cast of "The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical" at Theatre Unchained soldiered onward with their comedy trying to ignore the wisecracker.
Unfortunately, the drunk was the only thing funny about this Christmas show, one that challenged me to figure out what the story was about as I also accepted the challenge of staying awake.
It’s hard to figure out just where to start with this whole thing.
The story is so trite. Trailer park. Drunks. Sluts. Dead people. Poor people. The wily and evil rich guy. Dumb chicks. Rugged guy in love. Trash (people and things).
We have a girl who hates Christmas, then gets shocked and loves Christmas, and then gets shocked back and is angry at everyone and in the end we all live happily ever after.
This might be funny, if it was funny.
Theatre Unchained has mounted two wonderful shows this season, "Carrie: the Musical" and "The Addams Family Musical." This one doesn’t come close to those two.
"Trailer Park" is a musical, about the dumbest musical you could imagine. If you put a bunch of sixth grade boys in a room, gave them a pencil, some paper and a piano, this is the kind of thing they might come up with.
I’m all in favor of bathroom humor, and I like the whole country thing. Give me a drawl and a couple of girls in short skirts, and I can usually find something funny in the whole thing.
This one got off on a horrible foot and never recovered.
There is a lot of exposition in this play. That means one of the actors talks directly to the audience to explain what’s going on. It’s a mark of an amateur production when you have too much exposition. The exposition in this play belonged to an actor named Theresa Drews, who played the matriarch of this penned up slice of life.
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