Patron disappointed with trailer park musical
Feb. 23, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 22, 2014 at 8:23 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
We decided to take in a play, but my date and I came to regret the decision to sample "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" at the Leo J. Welder Center. The talented cast performed enthusiastically, especially Kate Klimist and Teresa Williams, trying their best to make the thin plot and unimaginative music score come alive. Most musicals have a plot that ties the songs together and engages you into a cohesive plot - think "Les Miserables." This play, however, had almost no plot.
Tollbooth operator husband cheats on agoraphobic wife with a stripper. Jealous boyfriend chases them down; husband goes back to agoraphobic wife. That's about it.
Choreography was as good as it could be with the small cast and limited set. However, the frequent F-bombs, other vulgar language, ridiculing rednecks and trashy TV shows fell flat, ironically because this play itself was as trashy as the worst of the TV reality shows. The jokes were weak, with odd references to Costco, a permanent marker-sniffing boyfriend, a girl giving birth during a dance number and a strange in-your-face strip scene witnessed by three women dressed as men.
Most musicals have at least a few tunes that stand out, suitable to be sold as soundtrack collections or hummed to oneself later. The pit band did a great job, but the music in this play was repetitive blues-based and rockabilly style; none of the songs were memorable.
It almost seemed as if this play was conceived and produced in a few minutes by a group of heavy drinkers. I cannot imagine why someone would put this play on after even a casual preview of the book. Any more productions like this one at Leo J. Welder Center, and we will be going elsewhere for entertainment.
Ned Leonard, Corpus Christi