Get Me Rodd Keith!!
- by Joshua Pollock
review in SF Bay Guardian April 26,2000 by
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- Remember those magazine ads saying "Send
us your poems and
we'll send you back a hit song"? The song-poem
industry was a
1970s scam, and Joshua Pollock's Get Me Rodd
with Sean Owens) is a fictionalized "quasi-musical"
based on a
legendary figure in this armpit of the music
industry. Keith was a
session musician who aspired to the heights,
but his sole genius
lay in creating oddly catchy tunes for the
hopeless poetry sent in by
- The piece begins well with a fizzy, original
over-the-top satire of this venal enterprise
with lively performances
of some of the actual music it spawned, including
such classics as
"Disco Dancer, You're the Answer."
But the show can't decide just
how seriously it wants to take Keith, and quickly
loses its camp
edge, not to mention any hold on its story.
The joke runs out early
in the endless second act, which degenerates
silliness and way too many songs.
- A number of local band members are in the
cast of this
Misery/Loves Company production, and musically
the show cooks.
The acting is another matter, including Pollock's
although deadpan Phil Worman brings out the
best in the appalling
songs, and whenever Owens is onstage, this
starts to fly. Director Meredith Eldred has
fun turning the cast's
amateurishness to her advantage, and Valera
are a polyester nightmare. But the show gets
between spotlighting the pathos implied in
its retro cheesiness
and simply rolling over it with a disco ball.
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