Don't Hug Me, I'm Pregnant

This latest addition to Phil Olson's goofy Don't Hug Me musicals offers its share of wholesome humor (think Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In on steroids). And like all the others, the play is set in Bunyan County, Minnesota, where the proprietors of the local bar, Gunner and Clara (Patrick Foley and Rebekah Dunn), await the arrival of their first child and are throwing a shower of sorts. Clara is about ready to pop, but hubby has his mind on other things, like the opening of duck hunting season, and downing beer with the establishment's resident fool and foil, Kanute (Bert Emmett). They are later joined by friends Aarvid and Bernice (Greg Barnett and Natalie Lander), who have their own romantic thing going. Because of a vicious snowstorm, Clara has to have the kid in the kitchen, an awkwardly protracted finale that takes up most of Act. 2. Not much really goes on here, and there are times when it occasions a lot of gratuitous "filler" nonsense and gags. The comic tinder is largely provided by Phil Olson's outrageously funny song lyrics, Paul Olson's zany musical score, and Stan Mazin's choreography. Ditties like the hip-hop inspired "Bun in the Oven," and "If Men Had Babies, We'd All Be Extinct," make the evening memorable, as does Chris Winfield's attractive bar mock-up. Doug Engalia directs. Secret Rose Theater, 11246 Magnolia Blvd., N. Hlwd.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.; thru Nov. 20, (323) 822-7898,
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Sept. 30. Continues through Nov. 20, 2011

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