Event Reviews
Sharknami the Musical?

Sharknami the Musical?

Valencia College • Orlando Florida

Directed by John DiDonna

Everyone dies, and it’s still laugh out loud comedy.

No one pays much attention to the news in this beachfront sandbar, so they miss the Jim Cantori build up to a massive hurricane bearing down right outside the front door. These shabby remnant of citizens and tourists are drinking hard and hoping for the best. There’s a preacher Reverend Buttkiss (Samuel Wetherbee) hanging with these sinners. He would love to save their souls, but the hard drinking refugees would prefer some help keeping the bar afloat, at least until the tide goes down. The shark-storm starts by killing a kid, and then works its way down the refugee pecking order, and soon enough the annoying preacher is replaced by a even more annoying shark. He wants to save your soul AND have your leg for dinner. Will they survive? Will the curtain go down before they run out of beer? And more importantly, will anyone hook up with any of these stereotypes?

It’s a pure exercise in nonsense. Director DiDonna told me he was looking for something light and fluffy after producing both chapters of Angels in America last season. I think he succeeded.

My favorite bad guy is the preacher. He would gladly sacrifice your butt and send you to Saint Peter by express mail. A close second is the peg leg bartender. He was as close to to sanity as anyone on this floating bar of doom.

Sharks are marked with black sheets and a splash of red paint, live humans are indicated by still having a limb or two attached. A Saturday morning sounding track moves the action along, and after 15 minutes or so, you’ll stop worrying about where the plot is headed. It’s a silly show, just right to forget your problems for an hour or so.

Sharknami the Musical


Recently on Ink 19...

The Valiant Ones

The Valiant Ones

Screen Reviews

One of the last of the classic wuxia swordplay films stands as a fitting coda to the grand period of the genre. Phil Bailey reviews a new Blu-ray release of the 1975 film The Valiant Ones.

Best of Five

Best of Five

Screen Reviews

Not everyone can be excited by blocks spinning on a screen, but if you are, Ian Koss recommends you pay attention to Best of Five.

CAKE

CAKE

Event Reviews

Jeremy Glazier shoots a CAKE headline show at McGrath Amphitheater.