Dark Barroom Comedy The Barking Pig at Theatre Asylum
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Hailed as "the best musical of this century" by Ben Brantley of The New York Times and "the funniest musical of all time" by Entertainment Weekly, The Book of Mormon won nine Tony Awards -- including Best Musical -- in its first year on Broadway. Now the national touring production is back at the Pantages for a second round of hilarity. Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Robert Lopez, the Tony-winning co-creator of Avenue Q, this musical comedy is a show that The Daily Show's Jon Stewart has called "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry." Learn More
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Featured review from cgeraldez
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Overall, I enjoyed myself. There are really memorable moments in the performance, and the acting isn't bad. It's definitely an interesting ride as these characters interact with each other and you don't really know what's going to happen next.
The only problem I really have with the show was the ending. It was... unsatisfying. Not particularly because /how/ it ended, but because it didn't feel like it actually closed the plot arc like it should have.
Quotes & Highlights
“Michael Shaw Fisher has written some insanely tight elements, well-acted by Adams, Buer, Vacca and the rest, that spun together reach that cacophonous pitch of reverie and ritual.” —LA Theatre Review
“The play moves at a steady pace that combines amusement, tension and mystery with music and bad poetry. With some unexpectedly wonderful twists and some what-the-hell moments, “Barking Pig” is a play not to be missed.” —_Campus Circle _
“There’s betrayal, loss, beatings, theft, prison, music, the loss of small town America, and a beauty pageant. It’s all just so lovely and sad and complicated and, most of all, hilarious. The audience did not stop laughing and it wasn’t from the whiskey, either.” —LASplash
“The eight-member ensemble, led by J. Scott as the vengeful psychopath and Asher Lyons as a scummy con artist, is sheer perfection, proving that unadulterated ham can be a sublime guilty pleasure.” —_Backstage _
Victor Helms is a figure legends surround like a flock of crows. When the Barking Pig, a dingy dive on the edge of nowhere, receives news that Victor has just broken out of a maximum security prison and is coming to kill one of its six patrons, the only question remains: Which little piggy will die? Hilarity, audacity, bad poetry and music ensue as the bar-full of drunken nincompoops bite and claw their way to the bottom of life’s final mysteries before Victor walks through the door blazing. The ultimate question: is there time for one more drink?
Written and directed by Michael Shaw Fisher and workshopped at the Los Angeles Playwrights Lab (of which Michael is co-founder) __The Barking Pig __is a theatrical experience that fires on all levels, veering from the profane to the divine with outrageous characters that as Oscar Wilde would say, may be “…in the gutter” but are “looking at the stars.”