It's a fine show indeed, and one that's loaded with inside jokes for theatre lovers - from the joke about the Morosco being torn down to build a hotel (DROWSY CHAPERONE opened at the Marquis Theatre, the Broadway theatre in the Marriott Marquis hotel... built on the site of the Morosco) to the completely meaningless fourth wall, to Man In Chair walking in and out of the musical's dance routines as he listens to the music on his stereo system.
There's no intermission, as Man In Chair believes they break the mood of a good show, but this is a shorter play than most musicals, so audiences should be fine. The set is beautifully constructed, and the costuming is notable. Mrs. Tottendale sings an ode to her own dress, the audience will sing an ode to the 1920's celebrity aviator wardrobe, and... well, form your own opinion about the monkeys and their wardrobe (and cymbals). Yes, monkeys, because this is a musical that does have everything. Even monkeys with cymbals. Again, Man In Chair will help you with the explanation.
Says Keener, "It's the most fun I've ever had, and it's everything - I sing, I dance, I get thrown in the air!"
Bremer adds, "Trix is great - she's bold, she's brassy, she saves the show."
And Hostetter, the Man In Chair himself, points out, "It's a real theatre lover's show - there are so many musical theatre references." Musical lovers will find themselves counting them.
The show is at Whitaker Center through February 17. Call 717-214-ARTS or visit www.theatreharrisburg.org.
Photo credit: Theatre Harrisburg