The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Snappy, sassy and show stoppin'
This article is from 2008.
A feisty, sun worshipin', gum chewin', all singin', all dancin' trio of girlfriends (who can't help poking their noses into other people's business) gradually divulge the scandal going on in the bosom of their beloved Florida trailer park. Nicely written and energetically performed songs delve into the desires, memories and neuroses of the park's colourful community, with agoraphobia, adultery and kidnapping all jostling for attention in the script.
While comic, it ain't pretty. Pippi the stripper, for instance, thieves the toll-collector from his trailer-bound wife who's been terrified of the world since the kidnapping of her baby boy. How could she?
Despite their dirty deeds and habits, the characters manage to elicit a great deal of warmth from the audience. Even the brilliantly caricatured, solvent sniffing, gun totin', bad boyfriend of the runaway stripper, provokes sympathy by the end. So, while the show pokes fun at American let-it-all-hang-out culture, we are persuaded to empathise with the characters' mishaps, misgivings and breakthroughs. As grotesque as life in the park is, it is a rich ground for drama and comedy. Do I hear you say 'yeah'?
C Chambers Street, 0845 260 1212, until 25 Aug, 10pm, £9.50–£11.50 (£8.50–£10.50).