I wanted to like it, really I did
Film Classics Presents: Heaven So Far
KC Fringe Festival
Kudos to a first time attempt at script writing & direction, but for me, this show just fell flat.
I felt as if the show was trying to be a Late Nite Theatre wanna-be with tongue in cheek jokes & men dressed as women, but I found myself thinking of my to-do list rather than paying attention to what was happening on the stage.
To be fair, there were a few laughs, DeeDee DeVille is perfect as ... DeeDee DeVille (I would have cast her as the wife), the extra party guests were clever & the dialogue started out somewhat fresh, but kept going back to the same thing over & over. Ok, I get it, the hot husband in the tiny tighty-whities is a closeted gay man. Yeah, I get it, OK, I GET IT!!! Nudge, nudge...she said, "Beaver." Oooh, he said, "Beaver." Did you get it? The "Beaver" - wink-wink. Yeah, I got that too. Personally, I believe Thelma & Louise already "own" the best "Beaver" line, so this just got old.
In addition, there were way too many scene changes, a few times we were in the dark longer than the previous scene. This was distracting & took me completely out of the story. The set was minimal & effective (except the front door opened out & that drove me crazy) & the costumes were wonderful.
I think if Mr. King tightened his script a bit & condensed some scenes, he could have a really good one act. This was just too long. As a final note, I don't know if the show started late, or if it just ran too long, but I had to leave before the end in order to make it to my next Fringe venue. I assume I didn't miss anything.
If you like campy & you have $10, support the show, but don't go expecting to be blown away. Ha! Get it?? I said "blown" away??!!!