Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-01-09
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

WaistWatchers The Musical
by Karen Topham
2018-10-17

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Playwright: Alan Jacobsen and Vince Dimura

At: Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St. Tickets: 312-988-9000 or TheRoyalGeorgeTheatre.com; $45-65. Runs through: Dec. 30

From the Atkins and South Beach diets to WeightWatchers and NutriSystem, tens of millions of people follow diet and exercise plans each year in the hope of losing those excess pounds that make them feel less than beautiful.

Matt Silva's touring production of WaistWatchers the Musical, now at the Royal George Theatre, is 90 minutes of parody songs, personal dramas and hilarious visuals that might not exactly be Shakespeare but certainly is thoroughly entertaining, especially for the women in the audience.

Each character is carefully defined to represent a type. Kiley L. McDonald sparkles as instructor Carla, a woman with a deep love of chocolate who works out to keep in shape for various sexual encounters. Sarah Godwin is Cindy, a recently divorced woman trying to get back into the dating world. Krissy Johnson is Cheryl, a 40-ish woman undergoing a critical midlife crisis. She's been married long enough that her husband's suddenly-renewed sex drive is driving her crazy. And the brilliant Martha Wash ( in town until Oct. 28 ) is Connie, a first-timer at the gym who just wants to get her husband to pay more attention to her. There is also an emcee ( the effervescent Katherine S. Barnes ) who plays multiple characters, such as a chef pushing a giant buffet and a Viagra pill. ( You read that right: Costume designer Jill Rose Keys has a great time with this show. )

These actresses—especially Wash, whose triumphant "Fat & Okay" is the play's most powerful moment—possess wonderful voices and have a delightful time with all of the subtle ( and overt ) sexual innuendo in the lyrics. ( What they do with four giant exercise balls is one of Silva's more fun inventions. ) Johnson, with her wonderful facial expressions and comically exaggerated anguish in songs like "Getting Older," is a joy to watch. And don't let yourself focus solely on whoever is singing: The others in the background are often the greatest humor of the songs. Choreographer Dani Tucci-Juraga ( a fitness trainer in her free time ) puts them through the paces: It's easy to suspect that some of their reactions are completely real.

Silva's production is tight and simple, playing out in a small women's workout gym ( designed by Joe Schermoly ) that bleeds right into audience. Alan Jacobsen's fun script features song parodies with such names as "Botox Queen," "Eat It," "Sounds of Snoring" and "Oops" that composer Vince Dimura has rewritten to obscure the original music. ( This reviewer found that technique, albeit clever, a bit distracting. Spending too much time trying to figure out what song, from Supercalifragilisticexpialadocious" to "Don't Rain on My Parade," was being parodied can pull one out of the moment. )

Diets and fitness are big business in this country right now, and they are indeed rife with parody possibilities. WaistWatchers the Musical ( named perhaps so that no one would confuse it with a real diet movement? ) is a fun, frothy look at an industry that has grown to mega-dimensions ( more than a trillion dollars in 2017 ). It's not anti-fitness; though one song extols the virtue of the "Just eat what you want because it doesn't matter diet," the fun it pokes is gentle and not polemic. However, wIth its final number, "Hot Mamas," the musical makes the point that bodies come in all shapes and sizes.

Audience members who have been drinking and having fun will appreciate that. There's enough in this play for those who go to gyms and those who don't. Just don't expect miracles and deep insights: like diets themselves, this show isn't likely to stay with you for a long time.

Related: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Martha-Wash-in-WaistWatchers-in-Sept-Oct/63955.html .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Digital lottery, rush tickets for 'Fiddler' 2019-02-02 - Broadway In Chicago announced that there will be a digital lottery and rush tickets for the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, ...


Gay News

Carol Channing dies at 97 2019-01-15 - Broadway legend Carol Channing—who was known for her signature lead role in the Jerry Herman musical Hello, Dolly! and who continued performing into ...


Gay News

LGBTQ performance of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" one night Feb. 9 2019-01-15 - Chicago Theatre Workshop ( CTW ) with permission from authors, Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts will present a one-night only LGBTQ performance of ...


Gay News

Broadway's Corey Cott, Mikaela Bennett to lead Lyric Opera's West Side Story 2019-01-12 - CHICAGO ( January 9, 2019 )—Acclaimed Broadway performer Corey Cott and rising star Mikaela Bennett will headline Lyric Opera of Chicago's premiere of ...


Gay News

Victory Gardens Theater to premiere If I Forget 2019-01-11 - Chicago, IL— Artistic Director Chay Yew and Managing Director Erica Daniels announce an addition to the 2018-2019 Victory Gardens season—the Chicago Premiere of ...


Gay News

Hell in a Handbag presents Golden Girls, The Lost episodes, Valentine edition 2019-01-09 - CHICAGO ( January 8, 2019 ) — Chicago's favorite drag seniors start 2019 with LOVE in Hell in a Handbag Productions' beloved parody ...


Gay News

Novelist's fascination with history comes alive on stage 2019-01-09 - Novelist Emma Donoghue has had a long and rewarding relationship with Regency historical figure Anne Lister. Lister created a series of coded ...


Gay News

About Face heats January with 'Dada Woof Papa Hot' 2019-01-08 - Hot from the hands of writer Peter Parnell and director Keira Fromm comes a new About Face Theatre ( AFT ) take on ...


Gay News

Critics' Picks 2019-01-08 - Familiar, Steppenwolf Theatre, through Jan. 13. The wedding party includes three generations, two races ( one, South African immigrants ), it's snowing and ...


Gay News

'OUT on Stage' Jan. 17 on Dekkoo 2019-01-08 - OUT on Stage: The Series will debut Thursday, Jan. 17, on LGBT subscription-based streaming network Dekkoo. Zach Noe Towers hosts the show, which ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.