Nymphony in 12-D
Playwright Gib Wallis musical farce is one of those mildly exploitative gay-fantasy comedies in which young men with the bodies of Greek gods run around a lot in nothing but towels while making improbable jokes about the opera. The unfortunate thing is, no one seems to have told Wallis (who also directed) that farce needs to be staged with breakneck, scattershot fury not with the languor of a Tennessee Williams hangover. Handsome tenor Brick (Rusty Hamrick) dreams of breaking into the Big Time Musical World, even though his main claim to fame is merely appearing as a Drag Queen Zarzuela singer. Bricks career is secretly helped along by a beautiful magical-nymph muse (Beth Whitney), who has lived in his apartment for decades. The muse turns out to be more nymphomaniacal than nymph, though, and requires regular sessions of romance to recharge her magical power. Brick, gay and attached to young, neurotic waiter Michael (James Gaudioso, awkwardly channeling Woody Allen in a dither), wants the muses magic but not her female extras. The highlight of Wallis uneven production is the musical numbers, which are belted with soul and energy particularly Hamricks love songs. Additionally, entire plot twists make no sense, while imprecise line readings and clumsy movements accentuate the shows flaws. Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: May 17. Continues through June 21, 2008
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