By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Eric Nicholson
Once again, Theatre Three takes top sirloin and turns it into hash. Or to put it in more pollen-related terms, they have plucked a prize-winning bloom and treated it like ragweed.
The lighthearted revue, directed by Rachael Lindley, is based on travel writing by Fodor's scribe Wendy Perrin, with book, lyrics and music by a dozen other people. There's a love song to Uzbekistan, and "Naked in Pittsburgh," a comic ditty about lost luggage sung by a businessman in a motel towel. A foursome harmonizes the wonders of the all-day shipboard smorgasbord. A man with a lisp findth a thweetie in Thpain, where the speech defect goes unnoticed. For the sophisticates, there's a clever twist on Noel Coward's Private Lives, his play about ex-spouses who run into each other on their second (or is it third?) honeymoons.
Among the nine performers, two standouts skip forth. Meredith Morton is a lithe redhead with a real flair for comedy (she was terrif in the recent Anton in Show Business at DTC's Frank's Place). She does good stuff here in her solo, "Star Search," which has her twirling batons in a cruise passenger talent show. And Morgan Spollin comes to life in a hilarious bit of deadpan, translating increasingly ridiculous French phrases for a Piaf-y chanteuse.
Secrets Every Smart Traveler... turns out to be worth the trip.