If you want tons of laughs and to support local theatre, run, don’t walk, to Mosher Auditorium at Howard S. Billings today or tonight! (Courtesy Kirk Elsmore)
First the bad: the Mosher Auditorium at Howard S. Billings was hot as hell.
Now the good: holy f*&k it was worth it!
In case you haven’t seen it yet – and you most definitely should – Holy Musical B@man is, in my humble opinion, f$*king hilarious!
In a good way, of course.
It’s zany, off the wall, and, for those who couldn’t tell already, there are tons of “swears” in it, making the audience almost literally roll on the floor.
And yes, they lolled too many times to count.
Kyle Zachary nails it as Batman, of course, and his nemesis-turned-buddy Superman is Jarrett Jacobs’ coming of age on the stage.
You’re used to seeing him in smaller parts (man, how he’s grown from A Very Potter Musical), but you’ve never seen him like this, with so much charisma and spunk.
He was fun to watch whenever he was on stage, and his chemistry with Zachary plays out really well throughout.
Sweet Tooth (a sort of Joker stand-in, since, you know, the Joker’s dead), played by Kirk Elsmore, who is no stranger to Kahnawake theatre, was…well…sweet?
His delivery was bang on, his candy euphemisms droll, and he has just enough moxy to carry the entire stage, especially with his laugh – which some people may not like but I thought was especially effective in a creepy sort of way.
And to be honest, what made this musical even more enjoyable was the unity that comes with drama (not that kind of drama, folks).
Kahnawake coming together with and in Chateauguay (pun not intended), in a joyful, spirited performance that unites the masses and makes thespians and normal folk laugh, instead of laughing at our differences through ignorance, is refreshing.
It was also cool the way something set in 1987 also had the ability to adapt to today’s reality and technology, with occasional nods to the super heroes of the 60s and 70s as well.
Dark Batman is funny. Happy Batman: funny.
Batman played by a busting-out-of-his-suit, kung-fu-kicking, my-regular-job-is-a-Peacekeeper Kyle Zachary?
Now that, my friends, is f*%king genius.
Go see it one of the days listed below, or Batman is going to kick your ass. Or maybe Kyle will arrest you. Just because.
Last two performances: Today and tonight: (Saturday) @ 2:30 p.m. – family friendly (no swears), and @ 8 p.m. (plenty of swears).
Tickets are: $15/door $10/reserved, $5/kids 4-12 (family friendly performance only).
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