Company: New GrAttitude Productions, Winnipeg, MB
Genre: Musical Theatre
Venue: 10 - Planetarium Auditorium
The biggest problem with the show is that it all hinges on a series of tired, stale, sexist clichés about men and women.
I love musicals. And I don't need perfection, but I want more than what this show has to offer. The biggest problem is that it all hinges on a series of tired, stale, sexist clichés about men and women.
It's like a (non-ironic) musical version of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
, an hour of songs and jokes based on such well-known truisms as: men like action movies and scratching, and fear commitment and asking for directions; women wish for nothing more than soft words softly igniting (that's really from one of the songs) into tender lovemaking, and for the guy to call her back/pick up the tab/propose.
While the sexism is eye-rollingly annoying, the real problem is that it's just lazy. Possibly these old chestnuts about men and women felt like fresh insights and clever witticisms once upon a time, but it's like the 300th time that your weird uncle tells that really funny fishing story... it's lost something in the repetition. It's not really funny and you doubt if it was ever actually true.
Despite the overall unoriginality, there are some funny songs and moments, especially when the cast lets loose and just plays. Alana Penner works some perfectly pitched comedic sarcasm into the scenes. "I Can Live With That," a flirtation song between an elderly widow and widower at a funeral, is a tender-hearted comedic gem, beautifully realized by the actors.
The energy levels are inconsistent and the songs are sometimes pitchy, but it's always infectious when the cast is having fun on-stage - even though the show itself doesn't seem to realize that the world has changed since "Take my wife - please!" was the height of humour.