Strong acting can't salvage Vrooommm
 

Seattle Gay News
Mobile Edition
rss: SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml



SGN ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SECTION

SGN Mobile Front Page



MOVIE REVIEWS
CALENDAR
NORTHWEST NEWS CALENDAR
CLASSIFIED

click here to go to the main SGN website

 

posted Friday, July 3, 2009 - Volume 37 Issue 27

Strong acting can't salvage Vrooommm
by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Vrooommm: A NASComedy
Live Girls
Through July 11


Live Girls in Ballard has produced a very funny show right in line with their values. Vrooommm: A NASComedy has a cast of all women. Erin Kraft, Erin Stewart, Lisa Viertel and Susan Graf play male racecar drivers and Mandy Price plays a Danica Patrick-style woman who gets a lot of shit for being female in a male-oriented event.

As directed by Shawn Belyea, the production zooms along in starts and stops. There are significant sections of the play that are displayed in pre-taped television cutaways, on tiny screens above the audience's heads. These cutaways are very hard to hear and slow the action down quite a bit. One has to presume that these parts are in the script. There are a bunch of them, and there's a story going on between the two male sports anchors: one who is well-educated and kind of geeky, and the other a "good ol' boy" who makes fun of his co-worker. Those pre-taped interludes are acted by Erin Kraft as the geeky one and Erin Stewart as the good ol' boy.

The most fun scenes are the races, where all five are seated in rolling office chairs and drive, in sync with each other, around the track, moving ahead and falling behind. Occasionally, one shouts, "I'm out of gas" and pushes herself to the back of the stage. For those who like mayhem, there are plenty of video segments of huge accidents that are common occurrences at the track.

Shane Regan, as sound designer, had his hands full with this production. One unfortunate side-effect is that sometimes the sound drowns out the actors, as they pretend they're on the sidelines of a race. But the good thing (and the bad thing) is that you don't really miss any of the story.

This is basically a one-joke one-act stretched into two overlong acts with an intermission. The women playing men do some really great work. They clearly studied what men do, like pulling their pants down from their crotches, swaggering, leading with the chest, lots of sniffing and coughing of phlegm. In particular, Erin Stewart is incredibly believable in virtually every role she takes on, including the good ol' boy announcer and a Chicago-area mother who is a big fan of Holly, the Danica Patrick driver. While the others do a nice job, Stewart makes this overlong play-joke bearable for the duration. Mandy Price doesn't have to demonstrate a lot of skill as Holly, but throws herself into peripheral roles and shows what else she has to offer. Price is also one to watch for, hopefully in stronger material.

If your idea of a good time is drinking some beer and watching something silly and untaxing, this is the perfect play for you. If you want "meaning," unless you feel that there is something meaningful about women acting as NASCAR drivers, this is probably not the best play to see this week. For more information, go to www.livegirlstheater.org or www.brownpapertickets.com or call 800-838-3006.



next story
Nonstop musical action in the break/s: a mixtape for stage
------------------------------
New Century's Orange Flower Water is a hit
------------------------------
Olympic Yacht Club: all grown up at 30
------------------------------
Unsilenced musical witness to the Holocaust
------------------------------
Strong acting can't salvage Vrooommm
------------------------------
SSO world premiere falls painfully flat
------------------------------
2009 PrideFest
------------------------------
2009 Seattle Pride Parade shatters attendance records
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
2009 Seattle PrideFeast
------------------------------
Looking back on the best and worst of SIFF 2009
------------------------------

------------------------------
Transformers 2 : Michael Bay in a nutshell
------------------------------

------------------------------
Green Day, Lambert, Amos rocking in July
------------------------------
Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
------------------------------

------------------------------
Remembering the King of Pop
------------------------------

------------------------------
Pride festivities and fun with my slave
------------------------------

------------------------------
Deep Inside Hollywood - Romeo San Vicente
------------------------------

------------------------------
Book Marks
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Capitol Hill Pride Festival
------------------------------
Caliente Gay Pride with Efrenat Neighbours Underground
------------------------------
Comeback! Gay shame bash at Chop Suey
------------------------------
CruiseyT, Seattle's Pride Cruise
------------------------------
A Dyke About Town: The delights of Pride
------------------------------
EqualitYOGA at Cal Anderson Park
------------------------------
Seattle Storm packs Key Arena
------------------------------

------------------------------
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 36 YEARS!