Gooey Love for Toxic Avenger

From Houston to Broadway on a trail of slime.

Playing dozens of characters, from bullies to beehived back-up singers, are Antoine L. Smith and Mitchell Jarvis. Their dressers aren't credited in the program, but big claps to what must be a small army backstage slapping different wigs, shoes and others bits and boobs on these guys every few seconds. Jarvis gets his funniest turn as a Springsteen-like rocker singing "The Legend of the Toxic Avenger." Smith is a stitch as a granny wielding a mean cane.

Mean green singing machine: Constantine Maroulis as the Toxic Avenger at Houston's Alley Theatre.
Jann Whaley
Mean green singing machine: Constantine Maroulis as the Toxic Avenger at Houston's Alley Theatre.

Details

Toxic Avenger continues through February 12 at the Alley Theatre, Houston. Call 713-220-5700.

High art, it ain't. Not with songs titled "Kick Your Ass" and "All Men Are Freaks." But big fun, it is. Just the kind of goofy romp everyone thought Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark would be and isn't. Toxic Avenger, if they handle it right, could be the next great comic book musical to hit the Great White Way and generate plenty of green.

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Captsnappy
Captsnappy

excellent review! I saw it opening night and I was blown away! SO much better than the CD made from the original off-Broadway production.

 
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