Sunday, May 17, 2009

Fringe review! 'Schmicked'

Posted By on Sun, May 17, 2009 at 5:57 PM

'Schmicked'

Twisted Sister Comedy Hour

Green Venue

$10

No one can say I haven't given Wicked its due, having given the touring company a grudging good review last spring. But it's high time someone took the overhyped Oz-orgy down a peg; who better to do so than the Parliament House's favorite faux-female performers?

Schmicked doesn't actually send up the Broadway musical as much as transplant it to a Yiddish-accented Boca Raton retirement condo. Galinda Goldman (author Matthew Arter as "Carol Lee"), shiksa makeup artist to the stars, is saddled with gassy roommate Elphaba Greenblatt (Sam Singhaus as "Miss Sammy") by gossipy gimp Tessie Rose Mushnik (Rich Kuntz as Gidget Galore).

A handful of the musical's best songs have had their lyrics tweaked (barely, in some cases) to recount the roomies' rivalry over an eligible plastic surgeon ("the Wizard of Schnoz"). Some parts seem obviously under-rehearsed (despite an earlier Footlight Theatre run) but I've found funny line-flubs are traditional to this genre.

What lifts 'Schmicked' above the average Orlando drag show is the lack of lip-synching; Arter and Singhaus sing the songs live, and despite mic inconsistencies they sell them well. Galinda's "I Was That Girl" in particular was honestly affecting. And if I have to explain why drag queens as amorous yentas are inherently entertaining, this isn't the show for you.

â?? Seth Kubersky

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