It’s A Guy Thing! – A Cabaret
Starring Patrick Brandt, Todd Allen Long, Mark Richard Taylor
Musical Direction by Chris Leavey
Winter Park Playhouse, Winter Park, FL
It’s a man’s world, at least tonight in the cozy confines of the Winter Park Playhouse. This loosely structured entertainment features three belting voices and a dozen or two songs that celebrate masculinity, but no so strongly that it offends your date. We’ve all heard that men are just for lifting heavy objects, squishing bugs, and have no idea what color Navy Blue looks like. Not much changes that viewpoint, but the opening medley of “Standing on the Corner” and “There Is Nothing Like a Dame” was loud enough to press your shirt. Guys can sing LOUD if they want. There’s more variety in this variety show than previous WPPH cabarets – some Country music lurks between the Sondheim and Mercer – “I’m Taking The Bar Exam” is a Honky Tonk classic, and there were a pair of Jimmy Buffet songs (“Margaritatville”, “A Pirate Looks at 40″) by Mr Taylor accompanied by guitarist Bill Schwartz.
Periodically the cast pulled slips of paper from a fried chicken bucket and read out Guy Rules. Conveniently, all guy rules are number one, so the girls can keep track of them. They’re basic stuff, like “Learn to work the toilet, we don’t complain when you leave the seat down” and “If you bring us a problem, we will give you a solution. If you want sympathy, call your girlfriend” and most important “Crying is Blackmail.”
There’s an open bar and you can hang out while they sing stuff from Monty Python and the Rat Pack, and there are just enough sports references to make you forget drama majors never get to play Varsity anything. Guy Thing is a date safe show with no malice or macho; its just superior singing by Long, Taylor, and Brandt supported by Musical Director Leavy’s vamping. Guys aren’t all bad, if you see this show one of the boys will call you Monday to see how you’re feeling.
For more information on Winter Park Playhouse, please visit http://www.winterparkplayhouse.org