Posted: August 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

Sauer Bauer Productions has a new “blasphemous musical about the miracle of entitlement” now playing at West of Lenin in Fremont.

In a nutshell, the play follows an ambitious couple who hasn’t risen to the heights that they would like to in life, and so they set out to follow the lead of “Hal O’Luyah,” an old friend of the couple who has made a lucrative living for himself as a televangelist.

Unfortunately, the fast-moving script is clumsily written with improbable and illogical plot twists, under-developed characters and clichéd, campy humor.  The subject matter, which is primarily concerned with poking fun at outlandish televangelists (à la Jim & Tammy Faye Baker) is out-dated, uninteresting, and trite. In other words, there is nothing new or interesting about these characters or the kind of comedy that the playwright attempts to explore; “been there, done that, got the t-shirt.”

On a more positive note, the use of projections in the show is to be commended. They are often used to express a running subtext, which is a particularly effective production technique that more theatre’s should explore. The visual quality of the images was excellent and they enhanced this, otherwise, lackluster show.

Admittedly, others may appreciate “The Horrible Lamb” more than I did. Ultimately, I just found the humor to be clichéd. There was nothing new to see here for me.

“The Horrible Lamb” runs on Fridays and Saturdays through June 29th at West of Lenin in Fremont. Show times are 8pm.

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