An unfortunate title for a musical, but it is supposed to be outstanding according to a good friend. From the SF Chronicle.
How do you spell relief? Robert Hurwitt says 'Urinetown' is flush with fun and originality in a dystopian setting.more...
"Don't you think people want to be told that their way of life is unsustainable?" Officer Lockstock asks when Little Sally complains that the show is taking a pessimistic turn. "This isn't a happy musical," he explains.
Oh, but it is. "Urinetown," which opened Tuesday at the Geary Theater to close the American Conservatory Theater's season, is more than the happiest musical in town. The hilariously dystopian show about ruthless corporate power,
corrupt politics and misguided revolution in a near future of Malthusian water shortages is one of the most original new musicals in a long time. It's also the brightest, grimmest, funniest, most subversively provocative and creatively staged import since "Shockheaded Peter" filled the summer slot at ACT three years ago.
And the Oakland Tribune.
Way to go: ‘Urinetown’ caps ACT season with subversive stylemore...
'Urinetown' caps ACT season with subversive style
By Chad Jones, STAFF WRITER
'URINETOWN" takes musical theater straight into the toilet. And, oh, what a happy splash it makes.
Smart and smart alecky, fun and funny, "Urinetown" is the unlikeliest of Broadway hits with one of the worst titles of all time. But that's all part of the joke. This is a musical having its way with musicals -- deconstructing them, spoofing them, adoring them.
You enter the seedy world of "Urinetown" only to find yourself in a show that, if not as squeaky clean as "Mamma Mia!," is far less raunchy than "The Producers." Writers Greg Kotis (book, lyrics) and Mark Hollmann (music, lyrics), two whiz kids from Chicago's improv theater scene, bring a unique sensibility to "Urinetown" that makes it the smartest, freshest show to emerge from Broadway in a long time. Local audiences finally get to see what all the fuss is about as "Urinetown" begins its national tour under the auspices of San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater.
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