Capsule Reviews: ‘Devil Boys from Beyond’ by New Conservatory Theatre Center (****) and ‘Triassic Parq’ by Ray of Light Theatre (****)

(Charles Kruger)

(Rating: **** for both plays)

(“Devil Boys from Beyond” plays at The New Conservatory Theatre Center and “Triassic Parq” plays at The Eureka Theatre, both through June 28.)

Look out! It’s Pride Month, and The Theatre of the Ridiculous (a grand gay tradition if ever there was one) has invaded downtown San Francisco with multi-gendered dinosaurs and beefcake alien invaders from Pluto (turns out the on-again-off-again planet is totally gay).

‘Devil Boys from Beyond’ at the New Conservatory Theatre Center and ‘Triassic Parq’ by Ray of Light Theatre are uproariously funny and will definitely please your out of town guests looking for a gay ol’ time.

In “Devil Boys from Beyond”, gay Plutonians invade the town of Lizard Lick, Florida with hilarious results. Designed as a show case for humorous drag, “Devil Boys” delivers the laughs. Watch for Drag King AJ Davenport in a very funny turn as a Perry White style hard boiled editor, among other comic delights.

Chris Maltby, Brandon Richards and Gabriel Lopez in "Devil Boys from Beyond" at New Conservatory Theatre Center. Photo Credit: Lois Tema.
Chris Maltby, Brandon Richards and Gabriel Lopez in “Devil Boys from Beyond” at New Conservatory Theatre Center. Photo Credit: Lois Tema.

Of course the horror movie, “Jurassic Park” is the perfect material for a musical remake! How could you doubt it? And, wait, the leads should be THE DINOSAURS. Singing, tapdancing, man-eating dinosaurs! What could possible be more charming? What could possibly go wrong? What could possibly be more fun than Ray of Light Theatre’s, “Triassic Parq: The Musical!”
Where else will you learn about life from a Mime-a-saurus (such a bad idea its good), or the Velociraptor of Faith?

Singing and dancing dinosaurs in "Triassic Parq" by Ray of Light Theatre.
Singing and dancing dinosaurs in “Triassic Parq” by Ray of Light Theatre.

If you’re looking for serious theatre, go take a hike. If you’re looking for something ridiculous and painfully silly, flip a coin and select “Devil Boys from Beyond” or “Triassic Parq”. Better yet: just see both and have some dinosaur sized interplanetary fun.

For further information about “Devil Boys from Beyond” click here. For further information about “Triassic Parq”, click here.

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“Devil Boys from Beyond” by Buddy Thomas, Kenneth Elliot, and Drew Fornarola. Produced by New Conservatory Theatre Center. Director: F. Allen Sawyer. Scenic Design: Devin Kasper. Lighting Design: Christian Mejia. Costume & Prop Design: Jorge R. Hernandez.

Gregory Graham: Kai Brothers. Gilbert Wiatt: A.J. Davenport. Harry Wexler: Gabe Lopez. Florence Wexler: Chris Maltby. Mattie Van Buren: Nathaniel Marken. Dottie Primrose: Jennifer S. McGeorge. Jack Primrose: Brandon Richard. Lucinda Walsh: Drew Todd.

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“Triassic Parq”. Book & Lyrics by Marshall Pailet, Bryce Norbitz, and Steve Wargo. Music by Marshall Pailet. Produced by Ray of Light Theatre. Director: Alex Kirschner. Musical Director: Robbie Cowan. Choreography: Dane Paul Andres. Scenic Designer: Annie Dauber. Costume Designer: Wendy Rose Kaufman. Props Designer: Kevin Pong. Lighting Designer: Joe D’Emilio.

Cast:

Mime-a-saurus: Javie Harnly. T-Rex 2: Chelsea Holifield. Velociraptor of Faith: David Naughton. Velociraptor of Innocence: Lewis Rawlinson. Velociraptor of Science/Morgan Freeman: Alex Rodriguez. T-Rex 1/Kaitlyn: Monica Turner.

Musicians:

Pianosaurus: Robbie Cowan. Guitarydactyl: Nahuel B ronzini. Bassceratops: Eugene Theriault. Percussadon: Geneva Harrison.

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