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NY1 Theater Review: "Triassic Parq The Musical"

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The new off-Broadway show "Triassic Parq The Musical" is "Jurassic Park" meets musical comedy ...sort of. NY1's Roma Torre filed the following review.

When summer arrives, New York theater seems to take a cue from "Candide" -- "Glitter And Be Gay," or in the case of "Triassic Parq The Musical," it's more like "be transgendered" ... well, sort of.

"Triassic Parq" was a Fringe Festival favorite and has moved up theater's evolutionary ladder to the off-Broadway arena, where it's enjoying a giddy romp at the SoHo Playhouse.

It's a thin spoof on the movie "Jurassic Park" told from the dinosaurs' perspective. Creators Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Stephen Wargo came up with a cleverly racy conceit and landed a talented cast of musical comedy thespians to pull it off.

It's a jumble of wild ideas, a kind of free-association approach that hits more than it misses. When one of the characters refers to "chaos theory," that pretty much describes Pailet's imaginatively hyped-up staging.

Picking up on the source's plot points, the dinosaurs, created in a lab with both fossil and frog DNA, are depicted as a rather clueless bunch led by a velociraptor they call "Mama."

You may recall, as the story goes, all the dinosaurs are female to prevent them from breeding, but nature can be naughty. What follows is 90 minutes of dino-licious gender-bending mayhem.

The songs are a pleasant mix of whimsy and ballad, most gorgeously sung by T-Rex friends Claire Neumann and Shelley Thomas.

Lee Seymour pulls off a running gag as Morgan Freeman even as it runs out of steam; Lindsay Nicole Chambers and Alex Wyse, fresh from "Lysistrata Jones," reprise their wonderfully manic brand of humor. Brandon Espinoza as a Mime-a-Saurus is a scene-stealer and as the lead Raptor, Wade McCollum chews the scenery like no other.

"Triassic Parq The Musical" is the latest in a slew of irreverent musical parodies based on iconic movies. It's not for everyone, but I'd classify this one a fine specimen of the species.

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