Second Generation scores another hit!

The following review of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS by Colin Dabkowsi was published in Gusto on June 15th, 2016→

We could all use a laugh this week.

After one of the most horrific shootings in American history and its emotional fallout, a little theatrical escapism seems called for. In moments like this, the theater serves to remind us of our collective humanity, to alleviate the pain of the moment and to transport us for a couple of hours into a fantasy realm no amount of hate or fear can penetrate.

This weekend, that place will be the Lancaster Opera House, where Lisa Ludwig’s sterling production of the insane 2004 David Yazbek musical “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is running through June 26. To be sure, the show is almost light enough to float away, ridiculous enough to cause chronic eye-roll syndrome and perforated with the least sophisticated sort of adolescent humor imaginable.

It is also one of the funniest and most underrated Broadway musicals of the past couple of decades, right up there with “Avenue Q” and “Book of Mormon.” Its success is driven by Yazbek’s inventive lyrics and exquisitely tailored performances from Peter Palmisano, Jacob Albarella and Amy Jakiel. Click HERE to read on!