When: Feb. 17-20 2011
Some people may think of Urinetown as the musical with the unbelievably bad name, but I've always held it as "the little show that could." This hilarious satire about the right to pee without paying is set in the not-too-distant-future in a world where private loos are outlawed and everyone must pay for the public toilet. It premiered at the 1999 New York International Fringe Festival in a now-defunct, appropriately rundown venue where it was a struggle to get a piano down the stoop stairs. Shows at the Fringe Festival aspire to become non-fringe hits, but in reality, very few do. Urinetown beat the odds, and despite its absurdity, the play's quick wit, great songs and big heart caught the attention of a small producing team willing to take a risk. This little show had the misfortune of scheduling its opening for Sept. 13, 2001; despite the most difficult theater season in history, when shows closed quickly or never opened at all, Urinetown brought home three 2002 Tony Awards. Creators Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman dared to dream big, but most likely never thought their cheeky downtown show would circumnavigate the globe. Don't miss this chance to make your mom—heck your grandma—laugh so hard she...
The show runs one weekend only, with performances at 7:30 tonight through Saturday plus 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. —Christina Cass