Gutenberg! The Musical!

Doug and Bud have written a musical about Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press, and they desperately want you to produce it. In a hilarious 90-minute plea bursting with preposterous storylines, dead-on caricatures, motivated anachronisms, and the kind of quixotic brio that turns a dud’s ludicrous dream into a megahit cheered by all, they set about proving that their precious medieval extravaganza contains every element vital to Broadway success. Beneath the yuk-yuk lurks plenty of sly highbrow humor. Physical antics include a sign gimmick that favors the central seats (for visibility). The surprisingly good score ranges from imitation Elton John to ersatz Elvis to pseudo-Andrew Lloyd Webber. Both fellows are fervent, while their workaday pianist watches the clock. The cringe-worthy Gutenberg premise does verily yield a cringe-worthy product—deliciously so. MARGARET FRIEDMAN

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays. Starts: April 15. Continues through May 17, 2009

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