Wednesday March 25, 2009 / 8:00pmBeach Blanket Babylon
How was your experience?
I wasn't entirely certain what to expect, but the show is essentially a true cabaret performance. There is minimal storyline with over-the-top costumes and theatrical singing. The politically themed songs were the most enjoyable. However, not all of the singing voices were of equal quality. Without a doubt, the token black lady was the best singer. The other characters were trying desperately to match her. I also thought that the lady who acted as the Italian mama/French hooker/Jewish mother had too many singing parts... some of which were more pleasant than others. The table service is not the best. They charge $2.50 for bottled water (or for a plastic cup of mineral water) and take FOREVER to bring you plain ol' iced water, even if you purchase another drink (I purchased wine). It's a cash bar and there's no ATM in the building, however, it appears that the servers are pretty much expecting you to order a bottle of wine. Also, they're are extremely strict about their no camera use inside the theater... which means they get cranky even if you take photos of you and your friends before the show starts. And, the seats are beyond cozy... you're practically sitting on top of each other. I was sitting with four other people and we were all healthy-sized. Apparently, the theater believes they can squeeze a sixth person into our row. Thankfully, we did not have to experience this feat, because I am confident it would have been extremely uncomfortable as we were already cozy without their presence.