Through October 7|
PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES MusicalFare Theatre/Daemen College
“Pump Boys and Dinettes” is a far more rural musical than most, a triumph of humor, entertainment and stereotypes.
It’s getting a wonderful production from MusicalFare.
Director Chris Kelly has a strong cast, a really fine set design from Lynne Koscielniak and strong music direction from Robert Insana, who was the lead in past local productions of this show, so he knows this tale of the males in the auto garage and the two women right across Highway 57 in the Double Cupp Diner
Both are well down the road from the nearest outcropping of population, a place to hang out and try to hook up on Friday night.
“Pump Boys” also has an aspect that MusicalFare has come to love, on-stage characters who play their own musical instruments and, in this show, a lot of instruments.
It’s country and western music, with a heavy inclusion of bluegrass, driving bluegrass, especially Joseph Doohue III’s L.M.
Well, there really isn’t one.
The boys in the garage are exactly what rural auto mechanics are supposed to be, chasing women and talking about fast cars.
Rhetta (Maria Droz) and Prudie (Jaclyn Lisenby Brown) Cupp run the diner, providing coffee and rural pies to the boys and staying loose as the boys chase them.
We learn Jim (Ryan Kaminski) really loved his grandmother in “Mamaw,” while Prudie is looking for “The Best Man” and Rhetta and the rest like a vacation in Florida, testing out the Winnebago which has been under repair for months, in “Vacation.”
Of course, there are some really strange songs like L.M. with “T.N.D.P.W.A.M,” his tale of a night with Dolly Parton or the raucous “Drinkin’ Shoes.”
While several of the people in the show are fairly well known on local stages, like Droz and Donohue the surprise in the production is a newcomer to local states with high-level experience in Nashville and some recordings in the stratosphere of country music, Brown’s Prudie Cupp.
Listening to the audience members as we strolled out, they liked the production but didn’t find much content.
That’s pretty much true, although the discussion of the various pies available in the Double Cupp Diner was interesting.
You don’t go to see “Pump Boys and Dinettes” for deep philosophical conversations about the attractions of pecan pie or catfish, but you can go to be entertained and this show is entertaining.
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