Hedgerow Theatre’s superbly staged reading of their second storyboard installment of Douglas THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, directed by Jared Reed, is a fantastic temporal tour de farce. Familiarity with the pan-galactic Hitchhikers Guide isn’t necessary to appreciate this cosmic comedy, just a general suspension of time, disbelief and willingness to have infinite fun.
For those who are fans of the cult classic, the story picks up from last season, on the mythical planet Magrathea with Arthur Dent (Mark Swift), Ford Prefect (Josh Portera), Marvin the Paranoid Android (also Portera), Trillian (Alison Bloechl) and zany Zaphod Beeblebrox (David Titus), who visit the Milliways Restaurant at the End of the Universe, steal a spaceship in the near distant future, and sometimes stop to ponder the meaning of it all.
Adam’s absurdist satire, which pokes humor at the universe, takes political potshots and laughs in the face of logic, began life as a BBC radio play back in 1978, then grew into print, stage, film and television, and a game. The novels, referred to as “a trilogy in five parts”, have so far been translated into over thirty languages. Augmented by vibrantly illustrated animations projected on a large screen in the background (Phoebe Titus), cool spacey sound and lighting effects (Leslie Boyden), four fabulously fearless gifted actors terrifically transport the audience through time and space via multitudinous character voices, and other far out vocalizations. Alison Bloechl, Josh Portera, Mark Swift and David Titus are an absolute blast to watch as they enact various intergalactic exploits from the radio play. They seem to be having some sport with it, and that translates to an even more thoroughly enjoyable experience overall.
Launch over to Hedgerow for a lesson in how to do six impossible things before breakfast, a little bit about Brockian Ultra-Cricket, and for an evening of expansive entertainment with the cast and crew of THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, PART 2!
[Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Road, Media, PA]; January 13-29, 2017; hedgerowtheatre.org