“Disenchanted, the new musical that gives fairytales the Bird” is a funny, articulate, irreverent and honest look at how little girls are programmed to think that one day a man (their prince!) will arrive to save them…and how so not very true that is! Disenchanted is based on the book, music and lyrics of Dennis T. Giacino. The script is adult in nature and not appropriate for children under 13.
Disenchanted is a tale emcee’d by Snow White (very well-acted by Kay McNellen). She weaves her story together with Cinderella (Justine Hince) and Sleeping Beauty (Paula Richardson)…who definitely hysterically lives up to her name.Cinderella (Justine Hince) is constantly being thwarted by the overbearing Snow White, but in the end she gets to do her routine. The jabs between Snow White and Cinderella are hysterical and reminded me of “mean girls” from school. Who is going to end up being the Queen of the Princesses?
The cabaret-style story focuses on fairy tale princesses and their woes regarding their oversized bosums, teensy tiny waists, horrible high heeled shoes that are oh-so-not-comfortable, and how unrealistic fairy tales are. They poke fun at the myth of Happily Ever After.
Belle cannot understand why she would love a Beast. The Little Mermaid bemoans the fact that she gave up a lovely life in the sea for a pair of legs, while Rapunzel is notably Germanic in her drindle dress, long braided blond hair, strong voice…and huge face mole. Tara Kostmayer is splendid in these roles and a solid counterpart to the more “traditional” Princesses.
Janessa Herrera is fierce as Hua Mulan (could Mulan be a lesbian? She’s the only princess who doesn’t wear a dress, after all) and Pocahontas. As Pocahontas she asks us if we really think she work such sexy attire. Janessa brings a modern, edgy look to the fairytale Princess.
And finally Brittney Caldwell gives a raucous performance as The Princess from the Frog Prince…..since “Princess finally went Black!” She is fantastic and a great foil to the other princesses.
This was my first time at the OnStage Playhouse in Chula Vista, and I was not disappointed. It is an extremely small theatre (maybe 50 seats?) and the best seats are in the middle. I don’t know how well you would see from the side seats, even though the theatre is small. I would recommend getting your tickets early to any show they produce. There were prizes given out at the beginning of the show for trivia; as this is my first visit I do not know if they do that normally.
I had no idea such a gem existed in the SouthBay. I was very impressed by the quality of the acting, the theatre, the stage sets, and the musical accompaniment and will definitely come here to see another play. My friends and I went to dinner at Project Pie before the show and then grabbed some coffee afterward. It was nice to be able to go to dinner, a show and coffee without having to worry about parking or schlepping up to the Gaslamp area.
Their website is www.onstageplayhouse.org and they operate solely on donations and ticket sales.
They are located at 291 Third Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910. 619-422-7787
Upcoming plays include:
Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde October 10-Nov 1
Bell, Book and Candle Nov 28-Dec 20
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Jan 16-Feb 14 2015
Our Lady of the Tortilla Mach 13 – APril
Rent May 1-30, 2015