Laser Ponies

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March 8, 2012 by jooshanoosh

Before I post my regular post (and you’re not going to want to miss it!! Two words: Bea Arthur) I wanted to do a bit of log rolling for a fellow contributor.

Topher, in addition to be a hilarious writer and Tumblr-er, is also a talented actor and director. Sometimes his plays are avant garde explorations of the relationships between cinema and theatre. Other times they are brave new imaginings of Shakespearean classics. And sometimes they are this:

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you Xanadu at Hale Center Theatre Orem. This play has it all: Lasers, short shorts, yoga swings, roller disco, Australian-accents, Centaurs, stilt-walkers, glitter and Two-man Pony Expressing (That’s that thing where two guys dress up as a winged pony and carry a girl in roller skates on their back.) It is not a serious drama or an examination of the human spirit. It is a campy, hilarious re-visit to 1980 with the killer tunes to prove it.
Your grandma might not get this play (as evidenced by the 3 really grouchy looking old ladies sitting just across from us.) But you will love it. I was laughing and clapping and cheering and wondering just how much convincing it took to get those guys to wear shorts that short.
It runs through April 7th, so there is still plenty of time. So get your friends, kids, book club, whoever and make an evening of it. By the end you’ll want to strap on your roller skates and join in the fun. 
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