REVIEW: ‘Urinetown’ leaves audiences laughing

By Sarah Albright

Maggie Gilliam as Hope Cladwell and Nate Adams as Bobby Strong. (Photo by David Stringham)

You’re going to want to bring your Depends (or make sure that you have urinated) before “Urinetown” begins, because this musical comedy will having you bursting with laughter throughout the entire show!

I was thoroughly pleased with the musical. The acting was charming, the dances were quirky, and the lines were hysterical. The show is dripping with satire, which was what made it so entertaining. Mix that satire with the hyperbolic actions of the cast the Huntington University Theatre Company has a hit on their hands.

The lead actress, sophomore Maggie Gilliam, reminded me so much of the character Cheryl Fraiser (Miss Rhode Island) from the movie “Miss Congeniality.” Gilliam’s portrayal of a sappy, love-struck, idealized, fresh-outta-college copy room worker Hope Caldwell could have landed her a spot among the Disney princesses.

Another actress who deserves mention is Little Sally, played by senior Jessica Wagel. Wagel honestly could have been mistaken for a little girl; she was so convincing. Not only did I buy into her role, but her nasally yet chirpy little voice, her peppy and upbeat acting, coupled with her consistent interactions with Officer Lockstock, played by Dom Corsoe, had me guffawing at times.

My favorite moments in this show, however, werethe collective responses given at the shocking and bizarre events within the show. The collective gasps and “whats!” had me laughing out loud.

Not only was I impressed by the casting decisions, I was also entertained by the dancing. Many of these numbers involved the whole cast, which was incredible to watch. There never seemed to be a dull moment on stage.

The musical aspect of the show was stunning as well, especially in the song “Run, Freedom, Run.” This scene was by far one of my favorites because it was just outrageous, humorous and performed well.

Finally, as if the acting, singing and dancing weren’t enough, the set was simply stunning. It was so aesthetically pleasing, and opened up so much opportunity for use of space. The layers that were within the set made the show so much more enjoyable because there was constant movement and little clutter. The setting was also just simply executed well. The design was beautiful and complex.

All in all, I give this show two thumbs up and recommend that everyone see this show. Even if the satirical message isn’t your cup of tea, the performance and the bathroom humor are enough to entertain you for a night.

Shows are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 15-17 and 2 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17.Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, $6 for children 13 and younger, $5 for HU students and $9 for HU faculty/staff.

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