Moonlight Amphitheatre at the Avo Playhouse
SUBMISSION DATE: JANUARY 31, 2000
It’s a triple dose of Vitamin C: Cute, Country, Corny. Think: “Triple Espresso” with music, or “Forever Plaid” with less wonderful songs. But if that’s your cup of theater, drink up. As in the other two San Diego perennials, there’s no discernible plot in “Pump Boys,” (which was a long-runner Off and on Broadway, and was nominated for Best Musical of 1982). This is just an excuse for lots of songs (15 out of 20 of which were written by the show’s conceiver, Jim Wann). The fluff-piece is set in the South, somewhere on Highway 57, where a diner sits next to a gas station (hence, the title). The songs are appealing (but there’s no “Three Coins in a Fountain” here). The ensemble is fine, and each of the singing characters gets to strut his/her stuff to amusing effect, though more movement from director/choreographer Ray Limon would’ve been better. The gals’ voices are better than the guys’, but the guys are adorable, and talented (all play instruments; 3 sing). The show will make your toes tap and your hands clap, but there’s not much to make your heart go pitapat.
©2000 Patté Productions Inc.