“Threase” Is The Word
People’s Improv Theater presents a bawdy parody of the classic
By Bethany Trottier / Jester correspondent
cast of “Grease 3: Threase!”
The musical comedy “Grease 3: Threase!” seen Feb. 4 at the People’s
Improv Theater, opens with the energetic performers singing like they
were trying to make up for lost time, as though they were not the stars
of their high school play, but damn it, now they were gonna rip loose
like they had something to prove!
The play’s creators set the spoofing tone by introducing the T-Boners
and the Pink Labias as the boy/girl gangs of Schmydell High. The opening
song has the T Boners, our high school boy gang, checking into to what
happened to “Macaroni,” the bad boy, over summer vacation. It has the
all the flavor of the original “Grease” except with vulgarities and
summer activities such as shark punching -- so 21st century!
very funny bit repeated throughout the show is that the characters are
high school seniors, but the fact that the actors all appear to be about
30 shouldn’t distract you. “Threase” has counterparts to all the classic
“Grease” characters -- the bad boy, the pregnant chick who doesn’t know
it, the skanky gal with her counterpart skanky boyfriend who frequently
engage in over-the-top bouts of PDAs (public displays of affection, for
those of you not acquainted with the term). And of course, Siamese twin
sisters. All of them are going to be in a talent show so it’s a good
thing you are sitting down for this.
the same time, other mysteries abound in this musical parody. Who is the
new preppy teacher (played by a cast member acting his actual age)? What
is the story behind the new student -- a burka-clad seemingly deaf/mute
girl from “Patghanistan?”
More funny highlights of the show include a scene in which the T Boners
go to laser tag and have a boy-bandesque song including some ridiculous
and flamboyant choreography. We also get the Pink Labias tune guessing
about what lurks under the new student’s burka – they suspect she must
have a “cat face” or look like Tony Blair. The best line comes later
when one of the girls describes her as walking around like she thinks
she’s Miss America! (as if Miss America would be sporting a burka!)
Amongst the chaos, the talent show must go on, and so does throwing in a
paso doble, a baby’s birth and a brief burka breakdance.
Shayna Ferm, playing the unknowingly pregnant senior, is a standout in
the cast, and has a number in which she sings that she is just fat! Her
line, “there’s nothing growing in my box,” may haunt me for awhile. She
had a great voice and excellent comedic timing.
Even if you don’t know anything about the original “Grease” movies, you
will enjoy this energetic send-up. It moves quickly, the energy is
consistently high throughout the songs, the dialogue is snappy and the
jokes quite dirty. Your attention doesn’t have time to wander! Running
for 45 minutes, it is a sharp comedy piece that justifies its running
time and never drags.
“Grease 3: Threase!” returns to The PIT at 8 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 11, 18