This week in Theater
“Cannibal The Musical”
Review by Rose Desena
If you’re starving and freezing, is it ok to eat your friends?
The Coeurage Theater Company is alive and well, having a ball in Silver Lake. Accurately, it’s more like a cannibal, as they take on Trey Parker’s “Cannibal the Musical.”
If you’re not familiar with Parker, he is one of creative minds behind the successful show “South Park’. “South Park” is a cartoon show primarily designed for the 20 to 30 something crowd. The show excels in dark humor, obnoxious subject matter, and snide little innuendoes. It is very funny and entertaining, if you like sitcoms.
“Cannibal” is very much a Parker product, and it is a good choice for the Coeurage Theater to dive into. The show calls for a sizeable cast with musical training. The music was very suitable for the script, complete with live honky tonk piano. The group has the talent to pull off a musical. I was surprised at how many people were on stage. Kudos to the director Tito Fleetwood. It’s no easy task directing a large cast on a relatively small stage.
A motley crew of men known as diggers set out to find gold in them there hills, but not everything goes according to plan. They have to survive a group of bad guys known as trappers, freezing weather, starvation, and the unspeakable act of cannibalism. Add to this a love story about a man and his horse and Japanese Indians. Yes, that’s what I said Japanese Indians, and BAM, you’re on quite an adventure.
“Cannibal the Musical’’ is basically a warped but comical version of the Donner Party story. The script is well written and in keeping with Parker’s style, it is way over the top. It’s really hysterical. Although this is not my thing, it was easy to watch, and I had some good laughs. It was refreshing to see a real comedy; I have seen a lot of dramas lately and laughter is just good for the soul.
I am a fan of the Coeurage Theater group with their PAY WHAT YOU WANT policy. They’re a committed group that has done an excellent job at developing a younger hipper audience. Their new home at the Lyric Hyperion Café and Theatre fits this group to a T.The café offers inexpensive food, wine and beer throughout the show, which allows the theater patron an affordable one-stop night out.
“Cannibal The Musical” is not for everyone, but it is well done and palatable even if it’s not your cultural teste.
“CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL”
DIRECTED BY TITO FLEETWOOD LADD
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR JULIANNE DONNELLE
CAST: MIKE BRADY, RYAN BRADY, BRIAN CANNADY, GREGORY CRAFTS, MIKEY DE LARA, TRAVIS DIXON,
JOSH HOOVER, ASHLEY KANE, JASON PETER KENNEDY, SCOTT KRUSE, PETER LARNEY, KARI LEE,
GREGORY NABOURS, KURT QUINN, KALENA RANOA, CHRISTINE SINACORE, JOE TOMASINI, Charles Britton.
RUNS: FRIDAY AT 8PM: NOVEMBER 7, 14, 21
SATURDAY AT 8PM & MIDNIGHT: NOVEMBER 8, 15, 22
LYRIC-HYPERION THEATRE & CAFE
2106 HYPERION AVENUE
LOS ANGELES 90027