The title kinda tells it all. The Toxic Avenger Musical playing at this years Hollywood Fringe Festival springs from the Good People Theater company, and (obviously) derives from the cult movie of (almost) the same name.
For those who haven't seen the flick, it tells the story of a nerd named Melvin living in Tromaville New Jersey, thrown into a vat of toxic waste dumped there by evil-doers. Said waste transforms him into a hideously deformed mutant with more-than-human strength and endurance was well as amping up his rage. He sets out as a vigilante to clean up Tromaville, along the way earning the love of a blind girl.
Yeah, that old chestnut.
And it plays out pretty much as you might expect, with lots of silliness and campy humor along with lots of catchy/funny show tunes. A specific villain in the person of a corrupt Mayor (Shirley Hatton) becomes a clear-cut antagonist. Melvin (Jared Reed) had already met the blind librarian Sarah (Kim Dalton), falling totally for her as Peter Parker did Mary Jane. She naturally only notices him once he has superpowers. All well and good, fun to be had, but with shows like this once you have a competent script and score, execution is what matters.
Likewise nearly all the supporting cast consist of the White Dude (Wesley Tunison) and the Black Dude (Danny Fetter) who play an almost bewildering array of bullies, police officers, doctors, hair dressers, best girlfriends, random citizens, etc. More, they did it full bore and kept getting more laughs pretty much every time they re-appeared in a new set of costumes.
The Toxic Avenger Musical plays at the Sacred Fools Theatre main stage, 1076 Lillian Way (west of Vine), Wednesday June 15 2016, 11:00 PM, Thursday June 16 2016, 7:00 PM, Saturday June 18 2016, 6:00 PM and
Wednesday June 22 2016, 10:00 P. The runtime is two hours with one intermission.