Mike’s Event Journal

Deer camp photo
Saturday October 20, 2012 / 8:00pm
Deer Camp: The Musical
2 tickets
Assigned at Box Office

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This was yet another hard lesson on the importance of Googling previous reviews before jumping at the "BUY INTO IT!" button. My spouse and I actually left "DEER CAMP: THE MUSICAL!" at intermission, marking the very first time in my 67 years that I've ever given up on a live performance. We paid $25 a seat through Goldstar but the tickets said the price was EIGHTY BUCKS each! I would have stormed the box office for a refund had I been scammed into paying that price for this production. I adored Tony Papenfuss and John Voldstad when they were BOTH of the "my brother Darrells" on the great "Newhart" show of the 90's. They and the other two "stars" give it a game try, but the material and the overwhelming cheapness of the entire production is painful and, frankly, seems lazy and tread-worn in a particularly careless way. The Eisemann Center is a curious edifice that feels like the town fathers gathered all the artiness, beauty and creativity that could be found in Richardson and stuffed it into one big building, the better to keep an eye on them. We could hear the neighboring symphony playing through the too-thin walls of the "10th Aisle" (or 10th Row) production space we were in as the four men starring in "DEER CAMP, THE MUSICAL!" faced the audience on a too-regular basis and sang silly songs to us with a pre-recorded soundtrack that I suspect also hid the fact that some lip-syncing was also going on. Overall, we didn't "hate" the show, but leaving at intermission did allow us time to decamp unexpectedly to the nearby Kabob & Kurry and enjoy a delicious Indian meal before the restaurant closed....