OEDIPUS THE MUSICAL (Van.Martin Productions): Fringe Review 17

Now that everything from “Rocky” to “Honeymoon in Vegas” has been turned into a musical, it’s about time somebody reached all the way back and plucked out “Oedipus Rex” for a reboot. Van.Martin Productions lampoons the Sophocles classic with their silly OEDIPUS THE MUSICAL, which ties together Greek tragedy, #YOLO, and herpes into one madcap package.

Oedipus-the-Musical_Van.Martin-Productions-1500x1500Some comedic moments are inspired as if by the very Muses themselves (for example, how Oedipus answers the Sphinx), but mainly we get crude and rude. Which is fine, because the members of cast pull off crude and rude with an easy panache. The main downside is the music—it too often drowns out the singers, and joke after joke is lost to the ages. Maybe they’re just dick jokes, sure, but maybe also really funny dick jokes. Other than the sound issues, this is a thoroughly enjoyable show—but you probably won’t like it if you are easily offended. [The PlayGround at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St.] September 5-21, 2014; http://fringearts.com/event/oedipus-the-musical.


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JB Farley

JB Farley is a longtime Fringe fanatic and know-it-all. He won Philadelphia Magazine's 2012 Best of Philly award for his quizzo hosting skills. Test your wits with him on Mondays at Strangeloves, Tuesdays at the Locust Bar, Wednesdays at Era, Thursdays at Southhouse and Memphis Tap Room (summers only), and Sundays at Local 44.