On that geeky note--a review - 1370°C
Feb. 17th, 2007
05:28 pm - On that geeky note--a review
alisgray managed to score us free tickets via a friend to Google: The Musical 2.0 last night.
In one of the more entertaining efforts of schlocky local theatre i've seen, this one was pretty solid. After a slow start that probably appealed to musical theatre aficionados (i'm almost certain most of the musical numbers were homages/parodies of other shows...i could identify two, but my knowledge of the musical oeuvre only goes so far), it became not only funny, but a bit of touching, if awkward, social commentary.
The physical incarnation of Google as a sexy blond so sick of answering our questions ("and finding all the porn!") that she takes herself offline, the MySpace girls, the too-awesome-for-words Indian tech support guy with nigh super-human powers, and perhaps the piece-de-resistance, a nerdy fellow telling us at various points via monitor that we really, really did want to enlarge our penises, would have made the show alone.
All-in-all, the pacing and general feel were more reminiscent of a pretty good high-school or college production than "legitimate theatre," but the writing (even the songs, despite the fact that the number of musicals i care for is vanishingly small) was good quality for the most part and at least two of the actors were really top-notch.
Certainly not a show i'd have paid 20$ to see, but terribly entertaining for free and i'd likely have shelled out $10 (i've no idea what the tickets were really going for) for the entertainment value.
Google was more apt to be a bit melancholy and to attempt to try be profound than the other two local productions i've seen in the Twin Cities (both of which were Hamlet parodies--i'm leaving out the Harvey-based science play i saw at the Science Museum). This did diminish its camp value just a bit, but there was something really heart-warming about not only the song where everyone sings that today is the most wonderful day...just like yesterday...because every question can be answered, but the fact that the world's remaining library has only one book (points to anyone who can guess the book). Nonetheless, the kick-ass electro soundtrack drowned out most of the vocalists to the point it was hard to follow what they were singing.
So. In summary--very funny for free; a brilliant idea that needs better execution; i could honestly see a real and true theatre production coming out of this, but it would take a bit of organisation and planning.
Still--nerdy goodness was had by all.