At a time when water woes continue to create headlines, director Kyle Ennis Turoff believes the musical “Urinetown” may be more timely than it was when she first staged it six years.
Turoff is helping the Players Theatre close its mainstage season with the Tony-winning musical spoof about a fictional town where a water shortage has forced poor people to pay to use public facilities.
The musical tells the story of the haves and have nots who do battle outside a public washroom and in the board room of Urine Good Company, which is getting rich off the backs of the poor during the drought.
But one young man, Bobby Strong, who works at one of the washrooms, stands up for the little guys and winds up falling for the businessman’s daughter.
“It’s very tongue-in-cheek and very funny,” Turoff said. That’s evident from the title, which she believes was “more of an obstacle several years ago than it is now. With all that’s come along on TV and reality shows, I think people have been desensitized. And more people know what this show is about.”
Turoff staged a production at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre in 2008, which featured her father, Robert Ennis Turoff, who reprises his role as industrialist Caldwell B. Cladwell. Berry Ayers also reprises his role as Old Man Strong.
Jason Ellis plays Bobby Strong, opposite Sarah Cassidy as Hope Cladwell. Alana Opie plays Penelope Pennywise, the manager of one of the public facilities and Bobby’s boss. Chris Caswell plays Officer Lockstock with JD Carter as Office Barrell. Lockstock teams with Ashley Jai as Little Sally to offer commentary about all that’s happening.
Rick Bogner is the musical director.
“Urinetown” opens at 7:30 p.m. today and continues through April 27, with a possible extension through May 4 at the Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets are $25, $30 for premium seating and $12 for children 18 and under. For more information: 365-2494; theplayers.org