Fringeworthy

A Dialogue: ‘I Like Nuts!’

I Like Nuts! (The Musical)
Studio Theatre

Remaining performances:
Saturday, July 26 @ 4:30 PM; Sunday, July 27 @ Noon

They say: "Horatio likes nuts. He really, really likes nuts. Join Horatio and a cast including a Robot, a Pirate, a Vampire, and two Squirrels on a musical quest for nuts, knowledge and Norwegian fish balls. Including the musical numbers 'Girls Don't Like Adventure,' 'Everyone I Know is a Moron,' and many others!"

Brian: Hey Ted. I like I Like Nuts!! I like I Like Nuts! a lot!

Ted: I'm not surprised. Why did you like I Like Nuts! so much, Brian?

Brian: Well you see, Ted, the show was a true expression of itself. The players were as earnest in their mounting of this goofy spectacle as Horatio Hornbeam (played with plain-faced nut naïveté by Nick Greek) was in his quest to follow the sagely nut guru's orders, help Rob the Angry Squirrel find his long-lost nut tree, bring a robot, vegan vampire, pirate, and a guy named Gary all the way to Norway, and then soak up enough nut-knowledge to get his dream job at the nut factory.

Ted: Wow. You used the word "nut" like forty times there. Way to go.

Brian: What did you like about the show, Ted?

Ted: I liked the old dude.

Brian: Oh, you mean Jeff Baker! Wasn't he super?

Ted: Beyond super. That guy transformed from faux-Hindu guru to disaffected nightclub owner to doddering old codger to overenthusiastic, anaphylactic neighbor faster than you can say "anaphylactic neighbor."

Brian: Did you know that I'm actually a prophylactic?

Ted: What? You're a condom?

Brian: Nipples!

Ted: Excuse me?

Brian: Nipples! I loved the part with the nipples!

Ted: Oh, you mean the scene where they twisted and tweaked and titillated each other's–

Brian: Shhh! You're going to spoil it for everyone! Why don't you tell us something you learned from the show.

Ted: Oh, well, yes, I Like Nuts! was very educational. I think the most important lesson I learned was about all the things that aren't nuts, including (but by no means limited to) coconuts, polka dots, corn, and "very small rocks."

Brian: Yeah, all that was news to me as well. To think I've spent all these years putting polka dots in my brownies.

Ted: I love your brownies.

Brian: Thanks dude.

Ted: What was the most important thing you learned from the show, Brian?

Brian: I learned that despite mediocre singing and lagging tempo (they did it faster at the preview a few weeks back to grander effect–you can check out the video below to see for yourself), a show can still be more fun than a barrel of freaking monkeys.

Ted: Yes. It was an exercise in taking one thematic joke and actually making it sustain an hour's worth of entertainment. The SNL skit-to-movie formula in successful action.

Brian: So, what's the take-home, Mr. Ted?

Ted: I'd say see it if you want to renew your faith in the non sequitur.

Brian: Touché. And I'd say skip it if you've misplaced your epipen. Or if your co-worker used it to get high last Tuesday night and still hasn't gotten you a replacement like he promised.

Ted: Um, yeah. I'll get on that.

After the jump: that video we were talking about.

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