When Mark Hollmann’s (music and lyrics) and Greg Kotis’ (book and lyrics) Urinetown the Musicalpremiered in 2001, critics and audiences alike immediately could list a plethora of targets for its biting, yet hilarious satire: corporate greed, political bribery, liberal naivite, mismanaged bureaucracies of all types. Experiencing in 2019 the highly entertaining, laugh-out-loud, big-sounding-and-looking Urinetown the Musical by the Sunnyvale Community Players, it is impossible also not to be drawn into dark and draconian references to the fast onslaught of global warming, to the distrust the general public has for ‘green’ responses of corporate America, and to suspected government/corporate coalitions to keep the truth from the general public. Even more, there is a theme of the unwanted ‘others’ that smacks in the face of our nation’s sudden war on immigrants and people who have colors, religions, or gender preferences different from our so-called majority.
For my complete review, please proceed to Talkin’ Broadway: https://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/sanjose/sj182.html.
Rating: 5 E
Urinetown the Musical continues through November 10, 2019 in production by Sunnyvale Community Players at the Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, CA. Tickets are available online at www.sunnyvale.org.
Photo Credit: Christopher Berger