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Parodies can be fun, a lot of fun, especially when it’s about one of the best shows on TV. The Big Bang Theory has been on major TV for twelve seasons and has some of the highest ratings of all time, not to mention local time slots as well as cable programming. The show attracts all audiences, from nerds to people who like comedy. Unlike some sitcoms that attract  mostly women, others that attract men,”the Big Bang Theory ” targets all audiences, over eight million viewers a week during there primetime slot.

 To spoof the nerds of “The Big Bang Theory ” should be really easy. From Howard’s mother, Sheldon, Penny, Raj and Bernadette, they are all easy targets. Add in A Pop-Rock Musical Parody and you could have the next “Pop Punk High” that performs at La Poisson Rouge , or another “Friends”, that was off Broadway at St Lukes Church last year. Both of the aforementioned musicals had energy, people who could act as well as sing and dance and kept that great energy up the entire performance. Really good staging made these two both worthy of praise that they received.

 Unfortunately, “The Bing Bang Theory ” was nowhere in the league of a good comedy spoof. Dreadful acting, staging, singing and dancing. The plot was just horrible and left many of the audience asking for refunds at intermission. The only actor that was any good was Sheldon (John McGowan). McGowan had the Sheldon down pat, his actions, his mannerisms ,as well as his accent were entertaining. The poor writing of this play, however, never let us enjoy the job he was doing onstage. 

 Instead of having a good story, we got Q from “Star Trak”, taking us on “It’s A Beautiful Life”, adventure and having Raj with a secret crush on Howard. What was worse than the storyline were the songs that were written for the show. Horrible songs that had absolutely no meaning or coherence with the book. Jokes went thud, singing was off key only to be usurped by the horrible dancing.

 The lighting for this musical tried to be uplifting, but when your witnessing something that is so bad, the lighting is fruitless. 

The costuming made no sense at all. Sure Pennies outfits were good, but when you see her throw her wig to an outstretched hand offstage, you get the feeling that your at a grade school play. I still do not know how Betty McCall got her role of Penny, she could not sing, dance, nor act. McCall had no imitative features of the Penny who is on the show. 

 Leonards role was almost non existent, he had very limited roles in this show. Leonard on the TV show is one of the driving forces in the sitcom. Here, Kevin Stevens acts the part with Leonard’s movements and impressions, but he is non existent in the poor direction of this play. 

 Issac Calvin who plays Howard is just awful. He has no comedic timing, was nothing like the Howard that we see weekly on TV. His costume is nothing like that on the sitcom either. It was a cross between 60’s and 70’s, lost in space. It’s like costume designer Teara Gilbert just threw this this together without any thought whatsoever. 

 Director Tristan J. Schuler had no concept nor any idea of where this show should go. She had absolutely no direction on comedic timing or performance structure. 

 Book by Karlan Judd was one of the worst I have seen in the last three years, only to be upstaged by the music direction by Rich Silverstein. Silverstein’s music left the audiece looking at their watches wondering how much longer till the agony ends.

 What is most mind boggling, is how CNK Theatricals could produce such garbage. Actors who have no talent whatsoever.  Songs that are flat and tastless, and a book that is plain horrendous. 

 In “Friends “, we saw every characters  actions down to a tee. The actors had great energy and the story line was solid. Songs were attractive and went along with the story. In “Big Bang Theory”, nothing made sense. 

 What could have been a great spoof, was instead an insipid piece of rubbish that will go diwn as one of the worst shows this year. It is something that never have been produced. 

robert massimi
I have been writing on theater since 1982. I currently am Chief Drama Critic for Metropolitan Magazine. I have produced 12 shows on and off Broadway. Former member of board Metropolitan Playhouse.

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