On scene: Pirate Theatre’s ‘Scary Moving’
November 14, 2008
Pirate Theatre’s ‘Scary Moving’
Ninety percent of the jokes about real estate agents in Pirate Theatre’s production of “Scary Moving: Night of the Living Dead Realtors” flew straight over my head and smacked into the back wall of the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel ballroom (the wall was directly behind me).
In spite of that, I thought the play was hilarious. That’s the most winning attribute of Pirate Theatre’s skewering of a local subject: Even if the main source of jokes is beyond your experiences in Routt County, there are so many one-off jabs and physical stunts, it doesn’t really matter.
So even if I had never met or dealt with (or heard of, necessarily) the people who Pirate Theatre characters Barkley and Bobby Sox are based on, Kelly Anzalone and Michael David’s portrayal of them as a couple of fabulous guys who wear tight clothes to lure ladies was riotous.
And even if I have never been inside a house in Steamboat II, the spoof song about the neighborhood that Todd Danielson’s lyrics with Andy Pratt’s take on Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up in Blue” hit home just the same when it came to the end of the chorus, “settlin’ for Steamboat II.”
Pratt and Danielson’s song parodies were among the highlights of the show, riffing on Moby’s “South Side” to poke fun at the West End, or playing off Petula Clark’s “Downtown” to display the glamour (and back alleys) that come with living in Old Town.
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The basic plot line – that the Ute Indians had doomed the Yampa Valley’s Realtors to turn into zombies, and that the curse also came with a 6-to-1 male-female ratio – went right along with the “Hey, we have this thing in town we want to make fun of. How can that thing be made utterly absurd?” philosophy of which Pirate Theatre makes such excellent use.
The Steamboat Grand setting lacked some of the community feel of the parody group’s former home at Steamboat Mountain Theater, but there’s not anything that can be done about that, at least not right now. The group made the best of the space – which Saturday night was packed – with projection screens on both sides of the stage.
It takes some seriously local humor to make a hotel ballroom feel like a small community theater, but with “Scary Moving,” the folks with the Pirate Theatre pulled it off.
– Margaret Hair, 4 Points
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