Note: Entire Contents Copyright 2017 by Tony Annicone
Dori directs, blocks and choreographs this musical excellently and gives each of her performers their moments to shine in this show. Big numbers include the bawdy "This Side of the Tracks" is about Norbert and Jeannie's 20 Anniversary argument while "Storm's A Brewin" is a wild and crazy version of "It's Raining Men" that has to be seen to be believed. Nicholas Foster is the musical director of these hilarious numbers that leave you laughing hysterically. The harmonies in this show are astounding. The three wild and crazy gals are played by Meg Quin Dussault as Betty, Kelly Crawford as Pickles and Katia Green as Linoleum who sing in perfect harmony and are brilliant comediennes. Betty is a widow and runs the trailer park. Pickles has a hysterical pregnancy while Lin's husband is on death row. They are the Greek chorus moving in and out of scenes while playing multiple roles. They play guys at a strip club as well as three strippers named Amber, Pippi's friend Tina, who rats her out to Duke and a deer who gets run over as road kill. Brava!
Some sweet ballads include "That's Why I Love My Man" and "It Doesn't Take a Genius." The antics of these two couples have to be seen to be enjoyed with a surprising twist later in the show. Sheila Kelleher, Eric Lightbody, Stephanie Blood and Anthony Rinaldi play the roles of Jeannie, Norbert, Pippi and Duke. Sheila gets to sing "This Side of the Tracks" and "Flushed Down the Pipes" while her duets with Eric are "But He's Mine" and "Owner of My Heart." She is hilarious as this agoraphobic wall flower who suddenly blossoms near the end of the show with a cat fight and a secret revelation that bring her out of her stupor. Eric is very comical as the two women argue over who he belongs to. Stephanie sings "This Side of the Tracks" and "The Buck Stops Here" while Anthony sings the very funny "Road Kill" as he runs over rabbits, cats and deer. Stephanie also struts herself as the pole dancing stripper. Duke also threatens everyone in sight with his gun that he buys bullets for at Costco. He receives his comeuppance in a surprising way which includes being threatened to become a vegetarian by his adopted family. His "Road Kill" song is reminiscent of "Greased Lightening." So for a rip roaring, good time with a country flavor to it, be sure to catch "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" at MMAS. It will leave rolling in the aisles with laughter. A word of praise to Ken Butler for his design of the trailer park and to Hannah Paul for the colorful and trashy looking costumes worn by the cast.