What If instead of “Gidget Goes To Hawaii” the movie was titled “Gidget Goes Batshit Crazy”? Playwrite Charles Busch decided the second title sounded much more appealing, so he wrote Psycho Beach Party.
The fine folks at Richmond Triangle Players agreed with him and decided to perform this comedic romp.
Psycho Beach Party is a show about a young girl who wants to have fun with her friends on the beach just as much as she wants world domination. She’s gidget with split personalities, but yeah know… not Gidget for legal reasons.
The best part about this show? There is no underlying message about the power of friendship or mental illness awareness. Its a comedy for comedy’s sake.
Phil Crosby, managing director of Richmond Triangle Players, said thats exactly what they wanted.
“We wanted something light and fun that audiences would really want to come see enjoy. I think we’ve done that with this show.” Said Crosby, no thinking, no guilt, just laughing. Oh and drag, the main character, Chicklet, is played by Brent Gallahan.
”I think this a real break out role for him.” Said Crosby. “As Chicklet he gets to show a range of acting and comedic style that he has never had a chance to show on stage before and he is tearing it up.”
So if Gidget with split personalities isn’t enough to get you to the show perhaps drag queen-Gidget will.
Even though the show itself is light and funny the work that goes into putting on this kind of production is not. In just four weeks of rehearsal there is no time to waste. Director Penny Ayn Maas has what it takes to get things done. “She is very focused, she comes in knowing that she wants to do and what she wants to a accomplish and she does it in the most collaborative way I have ever seen anybody work, its amazing.” Said Crosby.
Being funny is not for the faint of heart. As the saying goes, “dying is easy,comedy is hard.” Luckily This cast has that highly sought after skill. “A piece like this is heavily contingent on style it’s got to be played with a certain touch so that the characters are all playing it for real but the audience knows it’s a comedy. Its a very specific acting skill that not every performer is terrific at luckily everyone in this group is.” Said Crosby.
Psycho Beach Party opens tonight, July 23rd and runs through August 15th. For tickets got to www.rtriangle.org.