It starts with a big, wooden crate. There’s is nothing but a yellow light flickering inside it. Suddenly, a man appears on stage; his name is Louis Lovett and he, single-handedly, tells the tale of Peggy O’Hegarty, her parents, and how she saved them and all of the people in her town. The New Victory Theater’s latest show, The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly, is a funny and slightly bittersweet tale in which you will find out how Peggy saved her parents and the entire town and what exactly is in that big, wooden crate.
The plot of “The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly” is not very thick but that’s not important. This show is all about delivery and in the expert hands of Irishman Lovett, the story is told with quirky humor that appeals to both children and adults. Peggy, a young girl, discovers one day that she is all alone in a deserted town. Little by little she realizes what is going on and tries to overcome obstacles that come in her way to find and then save the people of the town. One of the best parts in the play is that the audience (i.e. the kids) interact with Lovett and help move the play along, which often involves laughter. In fact, laughter is a big part of the show. Charm and wit ooze from Lovett as he morphs into the different characters in the story and the cleverly written script (written by playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer) keeps the audience at the edge of the seat, as nothing is conventional here. Lovett’s impeccable comical timing works well with the minimal use of props and heavy use of pantomime. Which brings me to the crate. In the picture below and in the video here you can see that the crate contains some boxes inside of it (with a few surprises in them) but the rest is up to Lovett to convey with pantomime and words and for the audience, to imagine.
Because of the minimal props and the liberal use of pantomime, the show can get a little eerie and surrealistic. It is recommended for kids ages 7 and up and I took my 6.5 year old daughter, who found the loud noises a little overwhelming. It runs an hour with no intermission, which is perfect for kids, although I secretly would have loved another hour of watching Lovett.
The show takes place at The Duke, which is a much smaller theater than the New Victory Theater. There are only 8 rows of seats, with 20 seats per row, so as you can imagine, it is a very intimate setting. Even people sitting in the last row can see very well. Go see the show while it plays, until June 9th. You don’t have to bring a kid to see it, just make sure there’s still a little bit of a kid in you.
When: Through June 9th, 2013
Where: The Duke
229 West 42nd Street, Between 7&8 Avenues, New York
Price: $25 per person
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To purchase by phone call (646) 223-3010
Box office is open Sunday & Monday 11am-5pm; Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-7pm
Photos by Patrick Redmond
I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets to the show.