“Adrift in Macao”

Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters, New York • 11 February 2007 • 3pm

Book and lyrics by Christopher Durang. Music by Peter Melnick. Musical Director: Fred Lassen. Directed by Sheryl Kaller. With Alan Campbell, Rachel de Benedet, Orville Mendoza, Michele Ragusa, Jonathan Rayson, Will Swenson, Elisa van Duyne.

A zany, silly but utterly enjoyable musical, Adrift in Macao lovingly recreates the atmosphere of “film noir” movies and its stereotypical characters. One of the first jokes of the show relies on one character’s name being Rick Shaw, and that pretty much illustrates the overall tone of the book and lyrics. Add to that Peter Melnick’s delightful score, and what you get is a highly likeable comedy that feels a lot like a guilty pleasure.

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