Singin’ in the ER
By Andrew Andrews
We knew going into this performance that it was going to be ridiculous; the only question was whether it would be entertaining. The premise itself has a lot of potential, and Reyner’s forty-five year career as a queen of the avant garde definitely set expectations for something approaching The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or at least a step up from the genre-sharing Fort Dicks, The Musical, which I reviewed last year.
Accompanied by a live trio, the cast delivered their lines and overly-simple short songs wearing costumes that seem straight out of the Halloween store, as they rightly should. Although the performance held my interest better than The Invention of Tragedy (which I reviewed recently), I found the humor and dialogue to be more stale than the remains of Hervé Villechaize, who at one point is impersonated on the stage.
If you often find yourself reminiscing for the East Village Bohemia of the late sixties and can spare twenty bucks to indulge yourself, Singin’ in the ER might be your last chance to experience Theater of the Ridiculous from someone who’s been with it since its inception. But if none of that resonates with you, then this production probably won’t impress you
Andrew Andrews attended Singin’ in the ER at Theater for the New City Cino Theater in Manhattan on Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 8:00pm to write this review.