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posted Friday, April 10, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 15
The Lizard is loose
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The Lizard is loose

by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN A&E Writer

LIZARD BOY, THE MUSICAL
SEATTLE REPERTORY THEATRE
Through May 2


Lizard Boy, the musical is a Seattle original. Not only is it written by Seattleite Justin Huertas, it takes place in the Emerald City and uses several well-known hangouts for its setting. Using a combination of real places and events along with creative comic-book inspiration, Lizard Boy at its base roots is a modern day type of love story.

Several years ago the dormant volcano Mount St. Helens erupted. From its depths emerged a dragon that flew out of its crater. Soldiers chased the creature to the grounds of Tacoma's Point Defiance Elementary School. When the soldiers finally slaughtered the creature it happened to be in front of six children. All had blood from the dragon sprayed on them except Trevor, who was completely doused in the creature's viscerals. The dragon's blood gave each of the children a special power with Trevor's skin being transformed into green scales, which he is very self-conscious about. Once a year the City of Seattle commemorates the event with Monster Fest, where people dress in costume and Trevor can emerge and mingle among them without worry or concern. When Trevor's loneliness finally gets the better of him, he decides to seek out companionship on Grindr, a Gay dating/social application for modern smart phones. There he meets Cary, another lonely soul trying to make a connection. They decide to go out to The Crocodile Club and meet Siren, a rock singer whose voice holds power over both man and lizard. While Trevor is drawn to the singer's dark vocals, she continues her secret plans, which involves the taking of Trevor's blood.

There are only three people in the musical and they double as their own orchestra, much in the style of Broadway's John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company, Road Show). The actors slide into their orchestral parts easily and the transition is done well, quickly becoming part of the show's charm. William A. Williams plays Cary, a quirky kind of guy who plays the guitar and wants to make a friend. His awkwardness comes through and adds to the character's charm, allowing the audience to become endeared to the man's goofy appeal. Kirsten Delohr Helland plays Siren, the dark rock singer whose voice is literally magic; and the same applies to the real-life singer. Kirsten's voice is strong, and wraps itself around the lyrics with a warm darkness. She knows how to use her instrument and does so with a particular confidence and subtle seething.

The truth of the matter is that this show belongs to Justin Huertas. Not only has he written and composed the musical, but also goes on to playing the cello and taking the lead role of Trevor, the Lizard Boy. It is his show and he knows how to bring out the awkwardness and bashful behavior or the isolated creature. His voice suits the part and the audience easily cheers on Lizard Boy wanting him to find his heart's desire.

Lizard Boy the musical is an enjoyable show. It's simplistic and fun, and the music (although not overly hummable) is well written and promotes the show along, as good composition should in a musical. The familiar Seattle icons that are mentioned (Dick's Drive-In, Crocodile Club, and even Jinkx Monsoon) throughout makes the average citizen of the Emerald City smile with recognition. Once the audience accepts that the storyline should be viewed as a comic book, they can overlook the clich├ęs that some of the subplots promote, and surrender to enjoying the performance.

For more information and tickets, contact the Seattle Rep at 206-443-2222 or visit www.seattlerep.org.

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