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posted Friday, January 17 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 03
Hell to pay - Jerry Springer goes to the Devil
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Hell to pay - Jerry Springer goes to the Devil

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

JERRY SPRINGER
THE OPERA
Balagan Theatre
The Moore Theatre
Through January 26


There is soaring singing from glorious voices! However, Jerry Springer the Opera is the most profane operatic production you could EVER conceive of. A friend claimed her head had been broken upon experiencing this unique mashup of high art and lowest human behaviors.

Balagan Theatre is pushing against the edge of propriety here, and some will undoubtedly think they've gone over the edge into depravity. However, if you can hang in, you're likely going to find yourself laughing, even a lot, at some of the dregs of society - the kind of people you find every day on Jerry Springer's show on TV.

Originally produced in London beginning in 2003, JSTO was written by Brits Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee. It has never had a Broadway run but was performed in New York City in January 2008 at Carnegie Hall.

The cast is definitely part of the high class! Director Shawn Belyea has assembled some terrific talent, particularly the women, including Megan Chenovick, Jennifer Bromagen, and Rachel DeShon - all opera veterans (DeShon has appeared regularly with Teatro Zinzanni, as well). Chenowick was especially effective as Baby Jane.

A number of the cast are comic performers and pull out all the stops here, like Evan Woltz, Kevin Douglass and Brian Lange. Lindsay Larson shines as a trashy pole dancer who is tired of her husband.

Then there is a large ensemble of television audience members, also with a lot of experience and talent on various Seattle stages. They act very similarly to a Greek Chorus in ancient plays. Everyone on stage takes this seriously, as they should. If you don't commit to the performance, there is no real point in doing the work.

The plot succeeds mostly on the hype of the grotesque. Everyone is cheating with at least one person and sometimes several. Then there is bathroom humor combined with fetishism and you are deep in the shit. (If you take offense at that, you really should not see this show.)

Every swearword in the book is sung. Really. You might find one or two that are left out, but you'd probably have to resort to looking in some swear dictionary.

Jerry, adroitly played by (non-singing) Brendan Felker, does his show as he normally does until a deranged show guest shoots him. The second act takes place in Purgatory or some intermediate place, where Jerry has to figure out if he's going to Heaven or with Satan (Sean Nelson) to Hell.

The Opera has received protests everywhere it is performed and Seattle is no exception. Usually outraged Christian groups try to get it cancelled. They don't generally succeed. Does the production make fun of Jesus, God, and religion? Sure. Would anyone ever lose their faith by watching a production like this? Are you kidding? It is the satire-est satire. And some of it is just stupid.

In fact, it does wear out its welcome. The first act, even with the surprise tap dancing troupe, is really too long, and the second act barely justifies itself plotwise. So, it's basically one joke stretched into a too long two-hour opera. If they edited themselves and kept it a long one-act, it probably would work better.

The technical support for this show was strong, with great sound (thankfully) from Brent Warwick (sound designer) and Dan Droz (sound engineer), given the challenges of sound bounce in the Moore Theatre, and a terrific orchestra headed by Nathan Young.

A creative television studio set by Phillip Lienau worked well, along with the operatic device of a subtitle screen above stage in case you don't understand the swear words. Fun choreography by Kathryn Van Meter helped the silliness. Some inventive lighting by Ahren Buhmann gave some dramatic moments a punch. Costuming by Carmen Olmedo was blessedly less garish than might be expected, so we could focus on the music.

For more information, go to www.balagantheatre.org or www.stgpresents.org or call 877-784-4849. Discuss your opinions with sgncritic@gmail.com or go to www.facebook.com/SeattleTheaterWriters.

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