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Summer camp with music too

Observations from the Edge
Robert T. Nanninga
Buzz Publications
July 11, 2006


Pride is about more than parades and parties in the park. Evolutions of spirit, Pride celebrations are becoming a platform for performances throughout San Diego's gay and Lesbian community. Expanded cultural offerings add to the festivities while allowing artists and actors to contribute to GLBT experience in the name of pride.

To start off its 2006–2007 season, Diversionary Theatre turns to the art of the ridiculous with a staging of When Pigs fly a musical extravaganza by Howard Crabtree. Billed as "A fun-filled evening of great music, uproarious laughter, and high camp." When Pigs Fly, an official event of San Diego Pride is an award winning music review. Directed by Rick Samis, and featuring Omri Schein, Erick Sunquist, Eric Vest, Matt Weeden Anthony Randall, and Trevor Peringer.

A critic's favorite when it debuted off Broadway in 1996, When Pigs Fly ran for a remarkable 860 performances, garnering two drama desk awards, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. Not willing to rest on the laurels of past productions, the Diversionary show has been updated for political relevance,

Opening on July 21st and running through August 20th, this frothy musical review celebrates the art of the ridiculous with satirical music and pointed politics. When Pigs Fly, as silly as it is subversive, is a musical review that makes fun of musical reviews, by telling the story of a small town Missouri man who dreams of putting on lavish musical extravaganzas, ala Florenz Ziegfeld or Busby Berkeley, on a shoe string budget

Mining the plucky "Let's put a show!" backstage musical genre for every imaginable laugh. The show's songs include such camp classics such as "Light in the Loafers," "Lord of the Fries," "Not All Man," "Wear Your Vanity With Pride" and "Bigger Is Better."  With adapted by the show's lyricist Mark Waldrop, the political but "not preachy" torch songs have be updated from the original 1996 production, to take advantage of the comedy muse that is Vice President Dick Cheney.

Under the musical direction by Rayme Sciaroni, from start to "A Patriotic Finale," you'll hear Crabtree's "Have-the-courage-to-be-yourself!" message loud and clear. Although gay in spirit, the tone is inclusive, and is considered a family show if you don't mind high camp, infused with joy and served silly.

Promising to be a highlight of the 2006-2007 season, When Pigs Fly shows Thursdays at 7:30pm, Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:00 & 7:00pm, and Monday, August 7 at 7:30pm. Military, students, and seniors over 60 receive $4 off admission. Patrons with a Pride pass will received a $2 discount.

This old-fashioned revue fashioned with a decidedly gay twist, is not to be missed. Fresh and funny, this is fabulous satire at its irreverent as it is relevant, and you just might leave the theater humming a little ditty about dick.

For group sales rates, and to reserve tickets call the box office at 619.220.0097

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