Don't Take The Road To Qatar!

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At the York Theatre Company, The Road To Qatar! is a slap-happy show about the real-life saga of two nerds who got hired to write a musical in the title country in 2005.

The result is genial and peppy and basically comes off like an extended bit from an old variety show.

And that's the problem.

Qatar! seems to exist in a world without Sondheim.

It can't even sniff the butt of [title of show], another musical about two nerds writing a musical. That one was pointed, insidery, wickedly witty, poignant, and generally brilliant. This one is genial and peppy.

And xenophobic too, the Arabs coming off as vain and oafish as the unfunny Italian director character.

Maybe the authors are mad because they never got their final promised payment.

I'm not convinced they deserved it!

In fact, there are times when you start wondering which is worse--the show they wrote or the show they wrote about the show they wrote.



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5 comments
corrective_unconscious
corrective_unconscious

Add an Anderson Cooper character - white hair, black eye, and you've got a hit!

(Christina Amanpour can play an apparently hard of hearing critic of the show being told to leave the preview at intermission.)

Theatrefun
Theatrefun

WOW The York strikes again!!! When was the lst time anything good was on the stage as a real production. I met Stephen Cole one time - what an arrogant asshole. I am sure he got the reviews he Deserved.

Troofire
Troofire

Sounds like Ishtar, the Musical

Delroy
Delroy

"Genial and peppy." Blech.

North
North

Sounds worse than Spider-Man!

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