Once upon a time there was a magician named Alec the Amazing and All-Powerful. And, he had an assistant called Mystical Marla. As magicians are …
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Once upon a time there was a magician named Alec the Amazing and
All-Powerful. And, he had an assistant called Mystical Marla. As
magicians are inclined to do, Alec had a white rabbit he pulled
from a hat in each show.
Until one day the rabbit, smitten by a sweet lady in the
audience, became surly and took over, decreeing “no more magic
Soon, a pair of accidental characters became part of the action.
Readers probably need to see this production to comprehend it, but
“Jugged Rabbit Stew” is a new musical written by the
always-inventive crew at Buntport Theater with music and lyrics by
Adam Stone, who was also composer for last season’s “Seal. Stamp.
Lights go up on a living room of sorts, with newspapers covering
the floor and draped objects hanging from the ceiling. On one side
is an overstuffed chair and several TV sets. A tall creature with
rabbit ears and mask and white furry paws, wearing rumpled pajamas
and robe staggers in and plops down in the chair, turning on a show
about wild rabbits (home movies).
It’s Snowball (Erik Edborg), the magician’s rabbit with a
fondness for the bottle, who, we learn, has stolen all the objects
hanging from the ceiling and has a reason to justify each one. “I
collect, not steal” he explains to Mystical Marla (the comical
Hannah Duggan), who walks with a peculiar gait because Snowball
once sawed her in half and gave her the “hairy man-legs” of a local
mechanic instead, complete with smelly feet.
Enter next the red-clad magician (Evan Weissman) looking for his
coin he uses for a sleight of hand trick. His right arm is missing,
we learn, because the rabbit made him disappear and sent the right
arm out to get Ding Dongs, while he made the rest of Alec return to
the scene. That would, logically of course, lead to a mysterious
black figure with one red arm and a western drawl entering the room
— Arm (Brian Colonna).
Among the objects hanging from the ceiling is a rocking chair,
which turns out to hold a sweet Woman (Erin Rollman) whom Snowball
stole after making eye contact with her during a show — it was at
this point that Snowball refused to perform any more.
Woman and Arm make a connection.
Throughout, songs burst forth, telling more stories.
Snowball maintains he’s a tragic hero and hoped to have
intellectual conversations about Kepler and Galileo with the Woman,
although she was at the show with another rabbit. Hanging over it
all is Snowball’s fear that people will want to eat him — in jugged
rabbit stew, a fate that befell his parents… Assorted story lines
unroll as things get sorted out.
Buntport’s ingenious staging has microphones appearing from on
high and a suspended Victrola that funnctions. Delightful, clever —
what more can you ask? Perhaps a bit more polish on the musical
If you go:
“Jugged Rabbit Stew” plays at Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St.,
Denver, through June 19. Performances: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays,
Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays June 6 and 13. Tickets: $16/$13,
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