Hitch yourself to this 'Trailer'

April 12, 2011|By Mike Giuliano

The pink flamingo-shaped lights decorating the balcony rail of a mobile home in Florida signal the level of taste on display in “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.” This 2005 off-Broadway musical indulges in lowbrow satire, but the music and lyrics by David Nehls and book by Betsy Kelso are highly skillful in conveying  lowly material.

If the production at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre immediately gets into the show’s trashy spirit, it’s surely because four of the cast members (Maribeth Eckenrode, Kristen Zwobot, Karina Ferry and R. Brett Rohrer), director Fuzz Roark and music director Michael Tan are returning to a work they first did on this stage in 2007.

Although several years might be a bit soon to put on this show again, it’s such an enjoyably campy satire of Southern culture that there’s no cause to complain. The melodramatic complications pile up so quickly in this trailer park spoof that the only logical response is to giggle.

The Spotlighters performers don’t all carry a tune with equal ease, but several cast members shine and everybody is lively on stage.

The best all-around performances come from Eckenrode and Ferry as trailer park residents, and Eileen del Valle as a stripper whose sudden appearance in the neighborhood will have adulterous consequences.

Say what you will about life in this trailer park — but it sure ain’t boring.

“The Great American Trailer Park Musical” runs through April 24 at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, at 817 St. Paul Street in Baltimore. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, $18 for senior citizens, $16 for students. Call 410-752-1225 or go to www.spotlighters.org.

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