Venue Details

The Grove Theatre
276 E. 9th Street Upland, CA 91786
909-920-4343
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4.9 / 5 Rated by 15 members
Review from unclebyron
Red Velvet 164 events 163 reviews

If you haven't seen it, don't let the title put you off. It was outstanding. A first rate production. Wonderful and clever staging. Every performer contributed his/her best. You could tell they loved what their doing and it showed. Barbara...continued

reviewed May 23 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Michael Garcia
Red Velvet 185 events 73 reviews

Excellent production with an excellent cast. It was a great evening. Best thing that i have seen at the Grove.

reviewed Jun 05 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Irving W.
26 events 16 reviews

This was a thoroughly delightful and professional production. Acting was superb, though I wish there was better acoustics (The theater is a bit old). First time at the Grove, and it was worth the long drive.

reviewed Jun 05 2010 report as inappropriate
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One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, Urinetown is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In grim Gotham-like city of the future, a 20-year drought has occurred. As a result, the government has banned private toiletries and the citizens must use pay-to-pee toilets regulated by a monopolistic company, the Urine Good Company, which charges exorbitant prices. Bobby Strong, the assistant custodian at the poorest urinal in town, decides enough is enough. With the help of the daughter of the CEO of the Urine Good Company, Hope Cladwell, Bobby ends up leading a rebellion which frees the citizens. This funny, tongue in cheek piece gets even funnier, sometimes hysterical, because of is clever take off on musical numbers from hit shows such as Annie,_ Les Miserables, Evita, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof_ and other popular musicals.

The inspiration for the piece came from the author’s travels through Europe on a dime, where he found himself spending an exorbitant percentage of his budget on public toilets…yes, you PAY to pee in many European countries. Ruminating on this punitive tax, he found himself in Romania at a rally for Dictator Ceausescu. The scenes of brutish crowd control and intimidation linked with the prior injustice and….voila…Urinetown.

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