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Psycho: the Musical
a Musical Parody
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Neil Diamond (music) and Lawrence J. Talbot (book and lyrics)

COMPANY : The Vertigo Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : PULP Bookstore & Gallery [WEBSITE]
ID# 5434

SHOWING : January 25, 2019 - February 09, 2019

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The Vertigo Players present the story of a boy, his mother, and a shower in Neil Diamond’s "Psycho: The Musical." Based on the Hitchcock classic, witness all of the horror... the suspense... the terror... live in PULP’s Black Box theatre, all to the tune of Neil’s greatest hits such as "Boy, You’ll Be A Woman Soon" and "She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother."

Be warned: This show contains descriptions of a sexual nature, murder, incest, misogyny, insanity, foul language and all-around general deviant behavior.


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Campy Fun
by playgoer
Sunday, January 27, 2019
2.0
"Psycho: the Musical" is a parody of the Hitchcock movie, using Neil Diamond songs as fodder for parody lyrics interspersed with the dialogue. The production is about 75 minutes long, hitting the highpoints of the movie in campy fashion. It seems to be drawing an audience of dating couples who are in the mood for entertainment that is neither too long nor too taxing.

The stage and seating at PULP bookstore are above par. The stage is elevated and the seats are real theatre seats on risers that give fine sightlines. Lighting is not particularly good, with three lighting instruments and four residential floodlights that don’t give an even wash across the stage. Sound is excellent, although the sound level of the opening number overwhelms the voice of Kat Altman, playing Marion Crane (the Janet Leigh character). Songs are sung to recorded accompaniment, and all scene changes are covered by a spooky vocal track of sung syllables.

Not all five actors are given equal chances to sing. Jake Mercer gets the most songs as Norman Bates. Ms. Altman and Sorrell Sanders, playing Marion’s sister Lila, get a couple. Lucas Scott, who plays boyfriend Sam Loomis, and Max Goodhart, who plays both Milton Arbogast and a psychiatrist, don’t get much of a chance to sing except in the finale. Voices are okay, but not terribly impressive. The parody lyrics by Lawrence J. Talbot aren’t terribly clever, going for obvious laughs.

The set is basic, but effective. Stage left, we have the front desk of the Bates Motel. Upstage, we have a painted window and a bureau, representing the motel room. Stage right, we have a shower enclosure and a pay phone. A folding card table and chairs are used as necessary for individual scenes. Costumes are good, with the comic highlight occurring in the shower scene. Props are good too, with the Chevy cutout used for the first scene very nicely done.

Performances are fine. Mr. Goodhart gets to show off a couple of different accents, and Mr. Scott has a lot of energy in his minor role. Mr. Mercer does nice work with his addresses to the audience, and Misses Sanders and Altman hold their own. It’s just that the slapdash quality of the writing doesn’t particularly impress. If you like the movie "Psycho," are in the mood for comedy, and don’t want to expend too much time or money or brain power, this might be the show for you. Otherwise, maybe it isn’t. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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