FringeNYC

August 8 – 24, 2003

Back It Up Productions

presents

SCALPEL

A New Rock Musical

By D’ARCY DROLLINGER

 

Wings Theatre

154 Christopher Street (Bet. Greenwich & Washington)

Tickets: (212) 420-8877, (888) FringeNYC or www.fringenyc.org

 

8/10 @ Noon, 8/13 @ 6 PM, 8/16 @ 7 PM

8/17 @ 2:15 PM, 8/23 @ 2:45 PM

 

Directed by JOHN FICARRA

Musical Director DANA HAYNES

Fight Choreography JOHN FICARRA, Combat Inc.

Choreography D’ARCY DROLLINGER, JOHN PAOLLILO

Sound Design ANDY LEVISS

Lighting Design JASON JEUNETTE

Costumes MICHEAL PIATKOWSKI

Make-up PHATIMA

Stage Manager HEATHER HOGAN

Press Representation MICHELLE MORETTA, Springer/Chicoine PR

Cast

(in order of appearance)

 

Pepper Van Allen – Anne Gaynor

Taylor "Fritzy" Fritzgerald – Candis Cayne

Jacqueline Tilton – Laura LaBleu

Martha – Arley Tapirian

Emile Tilton – Brian Kuchta

Jeffrey – Brandon Olson

Waiter – Clayton Dean Smith

Dr. Bulgari – Michael Francis Stromar

Men in Black/Ensemble – Michael Blatt, John Patrick Kelly

 

In a place in the universe where musical comedy can combine the homogenous vision of "The Stepford Wives" with the political machinations of "The Manchurian Candidate" and somehow present them with the glam sensibilities of what looks like England’s "Absolutely Fabulous" on acid, the titillated theatergoer will find SCALPEL, an entry in this year’s Fringe Festival.

Complete with nods to the above-mentioned films (zombie-like women, and redone ladies who lunch who repeatedly use the same phrase to describe their savior surgeon) and a look that screams Patsy from AbFab, SCALPEL is a campy musical that, given proper sound, staging and props, could have life beyond the festival, especially in the downtown theater scene.

The leggy Candis Cayne gets some kicks in during a series of couture catfights that are choreographed and staged with a combination of creativity and hilarity, as friends become foes under the duress of striving for perfection, political power, and the stinging nudge of a mind controlling computer chip called "The Body Electric." As the scalpel meets flesh, and once the chip is installed, the remade ladies become unknowing assassins, doing the bidding of the evil Dr. Bulgari. However, the devious Bulgari is no match for feisty housemaid Martha, her computer-savvy son Jeffrey, and one done lady, Mrs. Jacqueline Tilton, who refuses to give up and give in.

Imperfect, really silly, but guaranteed to make you laugh in spite of it all, SCALPEL is a riot and then some.

- Kessa De Santis -

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