Theatre On the Square
Directed by Ron Spencer
Billed as the most popular show in TOTS' history, The Great American Trailer Park Musical won a full house for its first Saturday performance Memorial Day weekend. Most of TOTS' 2006 cast returned, impressing with their ability to hold their own against a live band, despite a malfunction that left them without vocal mics. Betsy Kelso and David Nehls' musical send-up of trailer life relies on music that is intentionally bad (Eighties-inspired rock anthems, sappy ballads and disco) and occasionally naughty. A small comic chorus (Janet Randsdell, Vickie Cornelius, and Rebecca McConnell) swing and grapevine us through the silly soap opera. Can an agoraphobic housewife save her marriage? Will her tollbooth collector husband fall for a stripper on the run from her glue-sniffing boyfriend? Lyrics to titles like "Owner of My Heart" and "Storm's A-Brewin'" are campy enough for steady grins but not riotous laughter. Still, smooth-throated Juli Inskeep (Does This Show Make My Butt Look Fat?) as the housecoat-and-slipper wife can ply pathos out of a song that likens love to toilet plumbing. And Niki Hurrle Warner, with her sexy, athletic pole dance, makes the stripper-past-her-prime a tempting diversion for anyone with a pulse. Like most TOTS fare, Trailer Park calls for a cast that can sell friendly schlock, and this one can. Through June 26; 685-TOTS,www.tots.org.