TRIASSIC PARQ: THE MUSICAL: 80% – SWEET

Micaela Martinez, Kellie Spill, Jackson Tobiska, Keaton Williams and Alex Bueno in “Triassic Parq: The Musical,” at the Chance Theatre. Credit: Doug Catiller / True Image Studio.

SWEET
The show’s many charms include playful costumes (by Anthony Tran), vigorous choreography (by Kelly Todd) and the lithe, fearless cast.
Margaret Gray – LA Times

SWEET
It is well worth seeing, wherever you live in Southern California.
Daniel Faigin – Observations Along the Road

BITTERSWEET
The show and its staging are pleasingly wacky and off-kilter but only fitfully funny. What’s called for is writing and direction so wild, raunchy, and skillfully humorous that we favorably compare “Triassic Parq” with “Avenue Q,” “Urinetown,” “The Producers,” “Reefer Madness,” and other great musical theater satires of recent years.
Eric Marchese – Backstage

SWEET
When Michael Crichton first sat down to pen Jurassic Park, little did he realize that a trio of young musical theater writers would one day come up with Triassic Parq – The Musical, an unauthorized retelling of the Crichton novel as the dinosaurs themselves might have told it … and the wildest, wackiest, filthiest, campiest, and most entertaining show ever written from a dino’s point of view.
Steven Stanley – StageSceneLA

SWEET
Carefully treading a line of postmodern self-awareness and classic elements of storytelling, the show succeeds in making the audience care about young mutant dinosaurs more than its Jurassic counterpart could.
Katie Buenneke – Neon Tommy

SWEET
Silly and even surprisingly touching, TRIASSIC PARQ – THE MUSICAL — now playing its West Coast Premiere to loud cheers at the Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills through February 24 — is a fresh new stage show that offers a mosquito-on-the-wall look inside the electrified fences of that fictional dino-populated island, but this time from the point-of-view of the dinosaurs themselves. The result? A laugh-riot from start to finish.
Michael L. Quintos – BroadwayWorld

SWEET
This is a genuine five-S show: smart, sassy, sexy, silly and sarcastic. It is also eminently entertaining, which is, usually, accomplishment enough. But somehow, writers Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz and Steve Wargo accomplish something even greater: imbuing non-humans with genuine emotion and depth. That’s something that’s de rigueur in animated films, but to see it happen onstage is a small miracle of theater magic.
Joel Beers – OC Weekly

BITTER
The ideas explored are grand and even worthy, but treated cheaply by the book and not fully embodied by this production, they begin to feel irrelevant, which is often the case with works that emante from Fringe Festivals. If Triassic Parq were to commit as wholeheartedly to rising emotional intensity as it does raw sexual passion, it would offer a more satisfying experience.
Ella Martin – Stage and Cinema

TRIASSIC PARQ: THE MUSICAL
Chance Theater
5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills
8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays
Ends Feb. 24, 2013
Tickets: $30-$45; (714) 777-3033
Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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