Open: 02/19/09- Close: 02/22/09
Land Of The Babydolls|
Reviewed for TheaterOnline.com By: Ashley Griffin
What The Rocky Horror Picture Show did for B-sci fi movies, and Clue did for the classic Parker Brothers board game, Zenbaby Theatre’s Land of the Babydolls does for the infamous book (and movie) Valley of the Dolls. This is by far the most entertaining new musical so far this year, and a must see for anyone who enjoys comedy, pathos, musicals, or camp in any form.
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What makes Land of the Babydolls work is the fact that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, but instead uses the camp genre to not only entertain, but tell a great, and surprisingly timely tale. This silly 60’s comedy is a twisted tale of a girl, Lana, who leaves the comfort of her Vermont home to find herself in the big city of New York. She, along with new gal pals Janette and Stevie enter the “land of the babydolls” – the dark underworld of the entertainment industry rife with drugs, alcohol, and serious personality disorders. At heart it is a story of the downfall of the “me” generation, which, in the wake of the current economic crisis makes the repercussions suffered as a result of the characters frivolous life decisions feel all too poignant.
All of the actors are fantastic. It is impossible to single any out – they are all deserving of a good paragraph. The costumes were marvelous, especially the numerous cheap wigs which added the perfect touch to the evening. Costume Designer Jillian Tully says in her bio that she is “thrilled to see so much of her own clothing in Land of the Babydolls.” As such, Ms. Tully has the decidedly coolest wardrobe north of the Village. The set was simple, minimal perfection, and the music (especially “Have Sex With Me”) was terrific (though Stevie had possibly one two many songs.)
Land of the Babydolls is that rare breed of new show that, created by relative unknowns has the potential to become a long running cult hit – the perfect show for a venue such as New World Stages. Zenbaby Theatre is a company to watch, and Land of the Babydolls is hands down a land to visit.
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