BWW Reviews: PSYCHO BEACH PARTY a Camp Challenge for Blank Canvas
Of course, as has to happen in this kind of vintage hepcat slang, comic book, after school special, smut-light epic, all comes out well as our studly hero and cute nerdy heroine, go surfing off into the sunset for at least a fifteen-minute happily ever after life.
Camp acting takes a special set of skills. This is not farce, nor comedy, nor melodrama. For camp to work, there needs to be a high level of sincerity, with the ability to make the real look surreal while being over-the-top serious. The young kids on stage try hard, they just don't have the acting chops to pull off all the levels needed to make the show totally work. It takes a Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman or Tim Conway to make this style succeed. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of those folks around. (Now, to be fair, I saw a dress rehearsal, and things could get much better as they respond to the audiences.)
CAPSULE JUDGMENT: PSYCHO BEACH PARTY will make for fun viewing for those inclined to like theatre of the ridiculous and don't want to gain anything from the thespian experience other than absurd silliness and get a lesson in the difficulty of bringing the camp style of performance to the stage.
Blank Canvas's PSYCHO BEACH PARTY runs though March 9, 2013 in its west side theatre, 1305 West 78th Street, Suite 211, Cleveland. Get directions to the theatre on the website. (My GPS was of little help). Once you arrive at the site, go around the first building to find the entrance and then follow the signs to the second floor acting space. It's an adventurous battle. For tickets and directions go to www.blankcanvastheatre.com