'The Bippy Bobby Boo Show' is spooky, kooky fun
Updated: Jan 16
The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group's, The Bippy Bobby Boo Show, is fantastic and weird in all the right ways. Directed and Choreographed by Danielle Georgiou and produced in partnership with Theatre Three, the show opened last weekend in the theater's basement space: Theatre Too (or, in this case, Theater Boo!). Written by Danielle Georgiou and Justin Locklear, this Halloween-y musical variety show is absurd, metatheatrical comedy gold.
The variety show is performed by the ghosts of Theatre Too, who have taken up residence in the basement. Their performance is based on the plays they've watched over the past 50 years, and the ghosts pay homage to some of the earliest productions at Theatre Three.
The show is only an hour long, but it's delivered with a high-intensity energy that makes for a rich evening of hilarious storytelling. A play-within-a-play, The Bippy Bobby Boo Show roasts the common tropes used in theatre, stale lounge acts, and even the local Dallas theatre scene. I won't spoil the punchlines, but you'll hear more than one local name and you'll laugh because it's all true.
Bippy Bobby, played with delicious irreverence by Justin Locklear, is the smarmy host of the ghostly group. Clad in a silly, shimmery suit, he sets the tone for the piece as he delivers one groaning joke after the other. Together with the diverse ensemble Georgiou has created, Locklear guides the musical with sinister glee. As well as making you gaffaw, this play might leave you scratching your head. My advice? Let go of your logic and just enjoy the kooky ride.
Backed by The Boo Band (also credited with Song Arrangement: Danny Anchando, Cory Kosel, Trey Pendergrass), the musical numbers aren't just composed well, they're an integral part of the humor. The closing number, a jaw-dropping take on a popular Christmas carol, might be one of the funniest things I've ever witnessed. The Bippy Bobby Boo Show cuts through the cheesy theatrical tropes with exceptional delivery of the comic moments. Clearly, this group knows the art form so well, that the out-of-bounds storytelling is successful. I enjoyed it immensely. It's been a long time since I laughed for an hour straight.
Standout performances in the spirited ensemble came from Colby Calhoun, who plays Lilith Jr., Monet Lerner as Babette Stevens (her musical number 'The Witching Hour' is devilishly good), and Ruben Carrazana as the old-timey movie star Harry Caramel. But the entire ensemble is unified and excited, and you can feel that coming through the performances.
The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group has created an unusual, surprising, and uproariously funny experience. The Bippy Bobby Boo Show is definitely worth staying up late for.
The Bippy Bobby Boo Show plays through November 2nd. Running this weekend on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 10:30 pm at Theatre Too. Reserve your seat at www.theatre3dallas.com.