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click to enlarge The cast of The Bardy Bunch

The cast of The Bardy Bunch

Brett Beiner

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 20 2016
Price: $30-$58
Set in 1974, Stephen Garvey's musical parody almost literally mashes up the Brady bunch and the Partridge family, locking them into mortal scenarios out of Shakespeare. Keith P. and Marcia B. have gone all Romeo and Juliet even as Laurie P. and Greg B. are backing into romance a la Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado. Mike and Carol B. are advancing their careers using the Macbeth method while Danny P. has Hamlet-like notions about his stepdad. And so on and on, packing in the references, from Antony and Cleopatra Halloween costumes to Titus Andronicus meat pies. Inasmuch as the show is all premise, it takes some ingenuity to keep things going. Mostly, they go. I can see cutting 20 minutes and tightening some of Jay Stern's staging, but there's a lot of groany fun here, especially if you're well versed in the original sitcoms. Music director/arranger Logan Medland gets surprisingly fine results from Brady and Partridge hits. Who knew "I Woke Up in Love This Morning" would sound so good as a ballad? —Tony Adler



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