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#089: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels @ Vancouver Playhouse

December 28th, 2009 by Mary Leong

Currently listening to: “The Banks of the English Bay” – Said the Whale

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

It’s been forever since I’ve done a live theatre review! Yes, I fail at attempting to be a mini-Great White Way report. Having neglected to write about Les Miserables, Rent, Catch Me If You Can, Wicked, and others, I think it’s time for one…

Last night, I finally got around to watching the Vancouver Playhouse’s production of David Yazbek’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a rollicking romp of a musical involving con artists, mad scheming, and a match of wits. The delightful jazz-infused musical numbers will have you toe-tapping in no time, and the dance sequences are an absolute pleasure to watch. But what really makes the show is all the colour, the colour, simply popping and shining brightly in unabashed garishness and sheer fun. Accompanied by a libretto dripping liberally of snarkiness and charm, this musical is two hours of unbridled entertainment, the occasional schadenfraude, and laughs galore.

I’d say go see it, but last night was the closing night of the engagement. Have you seen it already? Wanted to see it? Give me your thoughts and opinions on the show! In upcoming news, I will most likely be seeing Forbidden Broadway mid-January, so await a review of that in due time.

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