Fraggled Productions ambitiously selected the Tony Award winning Urinetown: The Musical for its first production. What an impressive job they have done.
The show is a hilarious musical satire that offers new perspectives on the dangers of big corporations and the need for environmental sustainability. It is especially fun in an election year.
Jessica Aquila Cymerman as director works to get the most out of this talented and versatile cast. In addition, everything seems timely and well paced. The cast all get their moments and there are a number of special songs performed individually and even as an ensemble. There is even fugue style singing that adds some real flair. The first two songs of the second act are especially strong and entertaining.
Big kudos goes to Catherine Waller whose choreography is fun, versatile, and precisely handled especially on a small stage with lots of performers. The small orchestra does an accomplished and rhythmic job. A rear screen with changing views adds some nice displays that add to the feel and theme of the production, plus the show is nicely costumed.
The cast looks like they are having a great time as they sing and dance their way through a witty script while answering the question, “Pee, Fee, or Free?”
There is only one weekend left as Urinetown plays Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Lounge Theatre located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. It is worth your while. For tickets and additional information, visit fraggledproductions.com.