Gimmick? If you’re cynical, I suppose. Awesome? Indisputably, hell yeah.
I say that, and personally, I kinda hate ’80s nostalgia. This show, and production, just makes it irresistibly fun.
All the essential ingredients are there: bright polo shirts, mix-tapes on cassettes, brilliant Peter Gabriel and Say Anything and Bill & Ted and Poison references, the whole nine. And the whole story is told by only four actors rollicking thru it at full-tilt. And, as if that weren’t enough, there’s the goofing on the twelve nights of Christmas, very apropos for a show running the first couple weeks of December.
If you want some fun theatrical holiday cheer, but without all the, y’know, holiday-malarky, check this show out. Pull Together Productions is killin’ this one, y’all.
Listen in as director & Pull Together Artistic Director Brian Gillespie, along with the full cast of David Andrew Laws, Jane May, Robin Rightmyer, and Amanda Tudor discuss the benefits of forgetting, putting ’80s pop culture onto Shakespeare, joke science, She’s the Man, and acknowledging where we are and what we’re doing—even when it goes a little askew.
“…to see the audience having fun with you…they’re just so on our side from the very beginning, it’s so good to see that…'”
Pull Together Productions presents
written by Sean Graney
directed by Brian Gillespie
December 4–14, 2014
Thursday, December 11 @8PM
Friday, December 12 @8PM
Saturday, December 13 @8PM
Saturday, December 13 @10PM
Sunday, December 14 @7PM
357 W. 36th Street
tickets: $18 (students $15), available via OvationTix
photos by Nicholas Moran