There's another new theater company in town. They're called Revisionary Theatre Collective, and they're making their debut with a remount of the 2013 Minnesota Fringe musical Teenage Misery. It was one of my favorite Fringe shows that year, about which I wrote:
What do you get if you combine the Stephen King novels Misery and Carrie with the musicals Sweeney Todd and Bye Bye Birdie? You get this odd and delightful mishmash of a musical, that doesn't shy away from the material it borrows from (the opening song is "attend the tale of Carrie Black," and Conrad Birdie is replaced by Shane West). A little rough around the edges, but the songs are great, with clever commentary on what it's like to be a young person growing up today, and winking jokes about "no time for proper character introduction, we only have an hour."The rough edges have been smoothed and additional material added (it's now about an hour and forty minutes without intermission), but it's still got that fun, clever, Fringey spirit, pop culture and musical theater references, and great poppy songs. Keith Hovis is a talented young composer/pianist/music director (see also his other fun Fringey musical Shakespeare Apocalypse and the gorgeous Pioneer Suite), and I look forward seeing out what he and the other Revisionists have up their sleeves.
|Kelly Matthews, Jake Rahier, and|
|Whitney Rhodes and Ryan London Levin|
Teenage Misery runs for just one more weekend. I highly recommend it if you like dark comedy, pop culture, new musicals, and up-close-and-personal theater experiences. The production is refreshingly raw and low-tech, no bells or whistles to distract from the material and the performances, which really shine in this space. This is a talented young group of theater artists and I look forward to seeing what else they can do.