Tabletop (the musical)

mb stage productions, llc · Ages 12+ · United States of America

family friendly world premiere
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June 21, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: geeky · funny · catchy · exciting

What I liked

The fight scenes were really fun and a great break from the table, I loved the play between the action and the DM’s narration. As a D&D gamer, it felt very grounded in that culture. I especially enjoyed that each party member had a stand out moment to be a big hero- the sign of a great tabletop adventure and DM.
Stand out performances were the Mayor who made us lose our minds laughing in the second act, Karen who managed to be sarcastic and charming, and Ken who’s scene about infiltrating a monk’s lair was the best bit of music/choreography/and vocals. I also really like Valerie’s song about leading the group while traveling.

What I didn't like

We could often not hear the actors over the music which was much too loud. Meanwhile we could hear all the conversation the techs were having, particularly near the end during a very dramatic scene.
Brandon was performed very well by the actor, but his writing felt a bit over the top.
The story was good, but some elements felt unnecessary like how the little sister repeatedly mentioned kissing Luke- we didn’t understand the significance of that.

My overall impression

A fun show that goes beyond just a unique concept. Laugh out loud funny and genuinely moving at times. Songs were catchy and performers were strong actors and singers. Anyone that appreciates storytelling as escapism will connect with and love this musical. I can’t wait to hear a cast recording.

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