Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Arlington Gets a Taste of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
If you are in the mood for a rowdy evening of entertainment and don't mind a bit of naughty and nudity, then I couldn't recommend Signature Theatre's current production of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" any stronger.
The cast has been extremely well chosen and the signing and choreography are superb. Karma Camp comes through like the Olympics and at least one of the male dancers, Jay Adriel, made me think of this past week's gymnists. Once again director Eric Schaeffer has taken something that is Texas but has made it Arlington, VA/DC style, with the talent and bods of exceptional male customers, as referred to in the musical.
Certainly Sherri L. Edelen as Miss Mona Stangley hits the mark and brings in the audience with her grace and warm voice, and the book by Larry L. King and Peter Masteron and the music and lyrics by Carol Hall make it a very pleasant evening. We root for Miss Mona and admire her business acumen. She along with Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd played by Thomas Adrian Simpson give us a taste of Texas and perhaps its politics, but somehow me thinks Texas hasn't been the only state that has turned a blind eye to the money-making prospects of bonding for money.
There are many fine scenes but two others to watch are Nova Y. Payton, who plays Jewel, and Tracy Lynn Olivera, playing Doatsy Mae.
So kick back, treat yourself to a light dinner at the Theatre and enjoy the play. It's well worth the escape we need at this time before the elections drive us crazy. In fact, I hope Signature extends the show beyond the Oct. 7th run.
Visit Signature Theatre: