The Legend of D.C. Colorado

Comedy · absolutely incredible · Ages 13+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 13, 2022 certified reviewer
tagged as: hilarious · absurd · fun · musical · wild

What I liked

The three strongest aspects of the show are exactly what you need in quality storytelling — the story itself, which draws us in, the actors who so brilliantly embody their roles, and the music, which achieves ear worm status instantly. The set, the costumes, the accents, the characters, the writing — all of it lives within the same insane world dreamed up by the creators, and for an hour and a half we revel in that trippy fantasy.

What I didn't like

While the cast executed wardrobe, character, and set changes speedily and discretely, one can tell that D.C. Colorado is a much bigger idea than this particular Fringe iteration. I could easily see how the show might benefit by flexing its muscles in a larger venue with more technical support.

My overall impression

The Legend of D.C. Colorado is much like the jackalope; a fantastical and elusive beast of magical portents that both charms and inspires. Truly unlike any other musical I’ve experienced, the absurd and hilarious nature of this slapstick & tongue-in-cheek comedy serves up the finest “dumb” humor one moment, and witty, intellectual, and self-referential barbs the next. The cast brilliantly executes snappy dialogue and full-throatedly commits to their spectacularly bold and outlandish characters. Walking in, I knew nothing about this story or the vehicle in which it’d be told — thankfully, D.C. Colorado knows exactly what it is; an entertaining, trippy, wild (west) ride that will leave you grinning from ear to ear.

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