The Canyoneers 1:30 p.m., Sept. 19
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"C'mon, gang, let's do a show about making a show!" Now usually that kind of talk's a recipe for, if not disaster, then at least boredom. Not so Jeff Bowen (music and lyrics) and Hunter Bell's (book) 90-minute charmer about the creative process and its discontents. They have three weeks to produce a musical. They do, and it exceeds their dreams (as did the original, which went to Broadway). They find humor in unpromising subjects (an "awkward photo shoot"; filling out an entry form). They sing catchy, seemingly improvised songs. And in ways more sophisticated than their humble four-chairs-and-a-piano staging suggests, they become Pirandellian: young, gay performers in search of a musical. Director James Vasquez has an obvious love for the material. As do pianist-musical director Tim McKnight and deft lighting designer Karen Filijan. And the cast shines: Heather Paton; Craig Noel Award-winners Tony Houck and Karson St. John; and local favorite Tom Zohar, in what may be his final performance in San Diego for some time, since New York beckons.
When: Ongoing until Sunday, August 8, 2010
- Sundays, 2pm
- Thursdays, 7:30pm
- Fridays, 8pm
- Saturdays, 3pm & 8pm