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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Report Card---"Something Rotten!"

"Something Rotten!" was the third show I saw in New York.
It's a musical approaching the end of its New York run.
It will probably have some sort of national tour, so it's worth talking about.
That's probably the only reason it's worth talking about.
Just to caution you.
I was intrigued to see this show because of its opening number, which aired on last year's Tony Awards, which depicted, quite humorously the invention of the modern musical in the 1500's.
If I had only known that it was the only funny thing in the show, I could have saved the next two and a half hours of my life, and a nice piece of change.
It involves Shakespeare and his inferior contemporaries, who think they are on to something with their musical called "Omelette".
Yes, that's the level of the humor.
It is unrelenting farce that is painfully unfunny.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

After the first scene, never.

Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

It's very tame satire.

Is it a story worth telling?

If they kept it funnier, perhaps.

Is it good storytelling?

It's way, way complicated, to no point.

Is it well written?

The music is undistinguished, as is everything else.

Is it well cast?  Well played?

Nobody impressed me.

Well staged?

Nothing impressed me.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?


How long does it take to establish the show's locale and time period?


Is it too long? Too short?

It seemed like an eternity.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

No, and no.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Everything was obvious.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Only about the mistake I'd made.

Is it funny?

Only that first scene.

Was it  worth the two hundred bucks it cost to see it?


Is it impressive?

This might be  good time to indicate how amateurish it all seemed.

Overall grade: C-.

My shit detector just let me down on this one.


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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."