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Mannequin Molesting Missionaries, and the only time someone had a “happy ending” with Gary Coleman; SLAC’s “Saturday’s Voyeur”

June 22, 2009

Where else can you see tap-dancing missionaries molest a male mannequin, and Gary Coleman provide a “happy ending” massage – set to music? … Exactly!  Salt Lake Acting Company’s “Saturday’s Voyeur” is a hilarious parody of Utah’s unique culture and current events; think “Family Guy” – the musical.

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Playwright Allan Nevins deserves special recognition for keeping this production creative, and crisp.  He, somehow, avoided the trap of the obvious and over-played Utah jokes.  Oh sure, green Jell-O is mentioned, but only briefly and in lyric.

“Saturday’s Voyeur” is perfectly presented as a radio show, which follows “Lehi’s most dysfunctional nuclear family,” the Freebes (pronounced Freebie).  The Freebes have fallen on rough times as their Utah County pyramid scheme products (Xango, Noni, USANA) pile up in the garage, a missionary struggles with his sexuality, a mother resents her stay-at-home child bearing role, a father un-questionably follows the Utah Legislature and a daughter discovers she has a different color skin than her siblings.

The production seamlessly bounces in-and-out of the Freebes life as we view other radio segments, commercials, and musical numbers that tackle Utah’s gun laws, pollution, Chris Buttars, homophobia, and the proper use of the word “flip.”

The entire cast and crew nailed this production, from the elaborate set-design, to the live musicians.  Without a proper radio host to keep the audience engaged during transitions the play could be a disaster, Kent Harrison Hayes, the host, was the fantastic set-up to the plays punchlines.  We must also recognize Alicia Washington, the showstopper; she has phenomenal comedic timing, an incredible singing voice, and unparalleled use of the word FUCK!

Take a break from the predictability of Utah life, and catch a showing of Salt Lake Acting Company’s unpredictable “Saturday’s Voyeur.”

Bottom Line:  I hope they make a CD because I can’t get “One Night in Lehi,” a parody of “One Night in Bangkok,” and “Addicted to Porn,” a parody of “Addicted to Love,” out of my head.  BRAVO!!!

Picture 2Enhance the experience by bringing a meal to this show.  Excellent date idea.

Order tickets by logging onto saltlakeactingcompany.org, or by visiting the box office at 168 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84103-1762

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