Balancing the puppets were the people, played with great panache by Sean McGee as the clown-like Brian, Dorcas Leung as his stereotypical Asian wife, and Kyra Wharton as former child star Gary Coleman.
McGee led the company in a stirring rendition of “There Is A Life Outside Your Apartment,” while Leung explained to Kate in a delightful duet that you often want to kill the person you love. Spry, resilient and turning her use of a cane (due to an actual injury) into a valuable prop, Wharton was at her best explaining “Schadenfreude,” joy in others' misfortune.
Ending the evening on an upbeat note were a loving spoof-tribute to Dickensian generosity in “The Money Song,” and a moving performance by the company of the existentialist anthem, “For Now.” Backed by a six-piece band conducted by Harold Mortimer, the offbeat, R-rated musical is highly recommended.
— John Brandenburg