Pocketmon! A Parody Musical

the bardic bastards · Ages 16+ · United States of America

world premiere
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Review by IAN PRICE

June 19, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

I liked everything about it, but let me tell you some specific standouts that went above and beyond: the acting and commitments from the actors was key. At no point did I ever not believe a performance. From the phychotic Treeme, to the trio of miscreants of Team Sprocket, all the way to Soot Snag’em himself, no one put in a lackluster performance. Not only that, everyone had a fantastic voice. Some stand outs for me were Adair Tishler as Windy, Tommy Mckiernan as Soot, and David Stolworthy as Felinus, who managed to stay on pitch while doing a rediculous Meowth brooklyn accent.

The story was hilarious, though I’d hate to give too much away. The writing is fast, thoughtful in execution, and downright side-splitting (and some jokes get pitch-black dark).

All in all though, I have to give some major props for some real catchy original songs. So many times when I see a parody musical, the song is a pre-made tune, with barely re-worked lyrics, or sometimes just straight up a song that already exists that is hap-hazardly crammed into a story. In this case, though obviously taken insperation from Pokemon, every song is original in every way. And that’s pretty darn cool.

What I didn't like

Some transitions were a little rough, but I honestly didn’t care. I was having too much fun.

My overall impression

A musical that both as a Pokemon fan and a lover of a good time, had me crying laughing. When it comes to parody musicals at the Hollywood Fringe, this is what future shows should strive for.

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