‘Are We There Yet?’ arrives at the Eisemann Center with energy
by Lawson Taitte
March 15, 2006
THE SHOW: The musical revue Are We There Yet? opened in the Eisemann Center’s Theatre Comedy Series on Tuesday. You could call it the parents’ edition of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! – though it comes from a different team of creators. The first act deals with families with young children; the second portrays grown children’s struggles with the ‘rents.
HIGH POINTS: A new mother holds her baby and finds there’s “No Turning Back.” A youth baseball coach gets a letter of thanks from a former player. A red-hot momma struts her stuff between carpool trips in ” ‘Cause I’m a Mommy.” All four cast members declare “Your Parents Push Your Buttons” ’cause they’re the ones who put them there.
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES: Grant Golson’s smooth, powerful baritone veers easily between a rapping baby and the coach’s ballad. Booth Daniels has a hilarious moment as an octogenarian widower who brags about his conquests to his departed wife.
BOTTOM LINE: The rhymes are sometimes obvious and John Glaudini’s tunes don’t do anything original, but the energetic cast hits a lot of home runs for suburban moms and pops who know the drill.
You could call it the parents’ edition of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!
You’ll leave the theatre humming and feeling better about being human.
– Wichita Eagle