All of my fans – the Cohen-heads – know what the main endeavor in my life has been of late: Fraggled Productions‘ upcoming run of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at The Cupcake Theater in Hollywood. After a long, arduous month of rehearsal, we open in two days (Friday, May 2nd). The entire cast and crew is primed to make a big splash in the world-famous Los Angeles indie theatre community. But such quality can only arise from hard work, dedication, and hours of talking and singing in weird voices.
Cards on the table: it is 2:59 am, and I have been awake since 5:50. I’m tired as hell. This is a nothing of a review, and I am fine with that. I hope you all can come to terms with this. Fact of the matter is, I didn’t do much in the way of new experiences today. My plan to see Under the Skin (at midnight) was pleasantly derailed by a chance to socialize with people that I like. You know what I have done lately? I have given myself new hurdles to… hurdle. I don’t know, I’m exhausted.
Much like the recent Jason Bateman movie Bad Words, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee concerns itself with the competitors in the titular spell-off. Unlike its more cinematic counterpart, the stage musical develops it’s characters in a believable fashion, giving the event stakes that matter for everyone involved. Bad Words was not a bad movie, but the screenwriter would have done well to take a few more cues from Spelling Bee.