Foreground: Angela Walberg (Lucy) and Bruce Abas (Tom); background: Marisa Tejeda (a neighbor), Gabe Angieri (Noah), and Daniel Flohr (Brutus) in Junk Song. Photo by Charles Gorrill, courtesy Upscale Theatre Productions.
Upscale Theatre's production of Meg Lambert's and Tom Cowgill's Junk Song isn't a musical yet. It's not junk, but it's not a musical. It resembles a musical, in that there are characters onstage interacting, often through song—but the characters are inconsistent and the plot is unfocused. The songs, rather than forwarding the plot, tend to be mostly character moments that stop the action dead or detour into random philosophizing on the state of the world. The raw material is here, but there's still some work that needs to be done.MORE »