Wednesday, April 16, 2008

You Gotta Pay To Pee

You're a playwright bumming around France for the summer, and you're down to your last few *centimes* when you realize that there are a lot of pay toilets in Paris — and that you can't afford even the most basic of human functions.
That's what happened to Greg Kotis, who turned his experience into a musical called *Urinetown.* After a long drought, you see, the government has banned all private toilets. Problem is, a mega-corporation called Urine Good Company now controls all the public toilets.
But that's not something that Hope and Bobby are going to put up with, no sir.
What they're gonna do is put on a show — oh, and start a revolution too. Along the way, songs like "It's a Privilege To Pee," "I See a River" and "Don't Be the Bunny” parody several Golden Age musicals.
In addition, says director Diane Johnston, the show’s choreography recalls *Stomp*: “Actors will be dancing on roofs, spiraling down fire poles, climbing up fencing, and sneaking through the audience.” With all the audience interaction, she says, this production of *Urinetown* “never asks you to pretend you’re not in a theater.” Though you might check beforehand to make sure the restrooms are open.

*Urinetown* • Thursdays-Saturdays, April 17-19 and April 24-26, at 7:30 pm, and on Sundays, April 20 and April 27, at 2 pm • Tickets: $10.50; $9, seniors; $6, students • UI, Hartung Theater, Stadium and Sixth St., Moscow, Idaho • Visit: • Call: 325-SEAT


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