Sunday, June 5, 2016
I sketched at a press preview for Space Pirate Puppy Musical in the Yellow Venue at the Fringe Festival. This show presented by Tasty Monster Productions from Welborne, UK was clearly intended for younger audiences. The premise as simple take a Star Trek crew and make them all puppies. Earth has gone to the dogs, literally. After the incident humans have gone underground and into space leaving dogs to run the planet. The Space Pirates have decided that they need to pave over Earth to put up a parking lot for their new nightclub on the moon. The Puppies have to join forces with their arch enemies the Ninja Kittens and with the assistance of the Great Oracle, must seek the power of the greatest weapon they’ve never heard of. The action and staging was constantly on the move. The music was fun, but not very memorable.
At one point a porcupine puppet appeared on house right. That got me thinking that the whole show might have been more whimsical as a puppet show. A woman in the front row did laugh out loud once. Then she said "What? I though it was a funny name." I kind of lost interest in the plot. It all felt a bit haphazard. At least the theater was air conditioned.