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The Great American Trailer Park Musical

Look Left Productions / Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/7/2011 5:31 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/14/2011 2:14 PM | Updates

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MTC Mainstage (Venue 1), to July 23

There’s no mistaking what you’ll get when you walk into a musical containing the words "trailer park" in the title. Strippers, cat-fights, trash TV and marker-sniffing are all in glorious order here. Unfortunately, it’s the musical part of the show’s moniker that leads to disappointment.

This local company is well-rehearsed and ready to roll, although some of the cast struggles with the vocal range the score demands. The main issue, though, is a lack of memorable songs. If as much work went into this off-Broadway hit’s music as its mining of redneck culture, we’d be in luck. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

The show ends on a high note — the finale features one of its best songs — but by then audience’s hopes have been crushed like a beer can against a forehead.

— Barb Stewart

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Agoraphobia, hysterical pregnancy, adultery, Magic Marker sniffin' ex-boyfriends, roadkill, strippers and the Ice Capades come together at Armadillo Acres, Florida's most exclusive manufactured housing community.

This big-hearted, unashamedly vulgar musical comedy is more fun than a chair-throwing episode of Jerry Springer!

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 105 MIN

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 If you come wearing a trashy mullet!

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Gunshots,

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Updated on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 2:14 PM CDT: Adds review

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