"SKANKY ME FROM KANKAKEE" - A World Premiere Rock Musical

musicals and operas · marc francoeur · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by KEI MEN

June 20, 2015 certified reviewer

My overall impression

Last year,when Marc from the Hot Tub Club originally told me that he was putting on a one-man semi-autobiographical musical review with live band accompaniment and that I should come, I knew that I must simply comply…Resistance was Futile. I had no expectations, and what I was to experience was utterly amazing. He filled the stage of the North by South Theater at St Mark’s Episcopal in Glendale, and in a way helped us, the variegated audience, to somehow feel closer together in the process. The show had so many multi-faceted characters, all played by Marc and all deftly krafted and seemlessly switched and stiched back ‘n’ forth. It was enough to make Sibyll feel envious and shamelessly inadequate. (Thinking back on it, I am reminded of the many faces of the Buddha.)

So naturally, when he confided that he was rewriting the show for multiple cast members and keeping the live band together for a comeback it peaked my interest. Would I come? -Wild horses couldn’t keep me away! And when he told me that he had cast a woman for the role of his father, what was I to think? I had never known Marc to let little things like gender stand in the way of his grander vision. Did I repress the fact when he informed me that, besides himself, the entire cast was female?… I must have retreated to my own personal ‘safe place’ to weather the storms of my private Purgatory. But, i digress…

Let me just say then, Bitches, this complement of awesome actresses adds a whole new dimension and musical counterpoint to this Age-of-Aquarius show. INCREASE POWER TO THE FEMBOTS! This venue at the Hudson Guild Theater was more intimate. The resulting energy derived from this larger cast was similar to the effect of a Tsarnaev pressure-cooker, only with less carnage, loss of life, and you might just walk away from it singing softly to yourself “I gotta be free!”

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