To see the Thursday night opening of this original musical about Speedway racing and all things Indianapolis, I had to miss 30 Rock
. That means I swapped one hour of high farce crammed amazingly into 26 minutes for one hour's worth of good hometown satire stretched out over two hours. Turns out, it was almost a fair trade, because of a few choice digs, a devotion to silliness and the talented, hardworking cast. Jack O'Hara and Tim Brickley's "mockeretta" joins sketch-like scenes with Gilbert and Sullivan plot and music lines. A race car driver and beauty queen fall in love, are parted and re-unite as long-lost family members are found and scoundrels are thwarted. While many local references went over my non-native head, I thoroughly enjoyed the countless, countrified similes involving goat, cat, bull, horse and toad testicles delivered by one of my favorite musical comics, Scot Greenwell (Civic's Little Shop of Horrors
). Charles Goad (November
) gets the next best lines, as the unscrupulous, yet celibate, land developer. Phebe Taylor provides the spunky heroine and requisite soprano tra-la-la-la-ing. Mikayla Reed delivers the best puns as the beauty contestant addicted to cosmetic surgery - she was "abridged too far." Through June 6; 317-635-PLAY.