Published on August 31st, 2012 | by Louis0
Triassic Parq: Fun With Teeth
New York shows have to be pretty good to stick around- audiences can be fickle, and with so much competition, only the fittest survive. While I was initially skeptical of the concept of an Off-Broadway musical that is a take on a blockbuster dinosaur movie, I have to say I was fully won over. From the atmospheric theatre setup to the energetic performances and the brilliant cast performing great numbers, the production oozes originality and humor. Check this one out!
The gimmick is simple: Triassic Parq is basically an exploration of how the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park may have reacted (if they were theatre-performing personalities and philosophically curious, that is). Following the evolution from an all-female safely-fed stable world into a chaotic gender-bending self-discovering transition, Triassic Parq packs clever jokes, smart film references and poignant questions into its interval-free show. It opens with a narrator whose confused identity works as a running gag and we are quickly introduced to the T-Rexes and velociraptors that are the center of the show. Moving through themes like religion (‘the people feed us, Lab be praised!’), sex and intellectual curiosity, the show keeps a good rhythm and everything is exquisitely choreographed. It may be a little over-the-top and you really shouldn’t take it seriously at all, but it is genuinely fun and funny, and it’s easy to see why it was awarded ‘Best Musical’ at 2010′s NY Fringe Festival.
I found myself thoroughly enjoying the adventure and occasionally wondered whether this was the kind of material that could make the leap to a full-on Broadway show. While the energy and intensity lends itself well, I am reminded by some of the cheekier scenes that maybe this is a show best suited for staying in the Village. Nonetheless, by the time the fantastic finale song comes around, I was already convinced of what a great addition Triassic Parq is to the Off-Broadway scene. The recent run at the SoHo Playhouse has gone extinct (ahem), but I guarantee a show of this quality will come back and when it does, don’t miss it.