Gothamist loves regional humor, but we also know that references to, say, the Naked Cowboy can get lost in translation...or transportation for that matter, if made anywhere else. Massholia, the theatrereflective's latest production which is showing now at the Flamboyan Theater at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center on the Lower East Side, is a clever musical that may rely a little too heavily on Bay State related humor for it to be widely accepted in New York. Fortunately Gothamist spent some of its formative years in Massachusetts and can totally appreciate jokes about field trips to Old Sturbridge Village and furniture purveyors Bernie and Phyl. For us, a show like Massholia exists to lovingly poke fun at that particular commonwealth (NOT a state, mind you, but a commonwealth) and its offbeat inhabitants. Unfortunately for the majority of New Yorkers a lot of the jokes might as well be a ground ball hit to Buckner, missed at the most crucial moment. This is not to say the show is not funny and entertaining, Massholia's cast is talented and each actor has great comic ability. Kimmy Gatewood stands out as a modern day revolutionary who happens to be obsessed with the magical turkey who lives in the woods, and Nathan Phillips' hip hop backup dance moves are hilarious.
Some of the plot is complicated to follow, as it crams characters like George Steinbrenner, John Kerry Jr., and Salem witches into the story. Despite being plotty, the characters are extremely enjoyable to watch which makes us think they took a lesson from our favorite line from the show: "In Massachusetts, as in a cameo in Cannonball Run 2, one only needs to be themself to succeed".
Massholia runs every night through May 21st at 8pm. Tickets are $15 and available at www.theatremania.com.
The Flamboyan Theater is located at 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey.
Tomorrow, Sunday May 15th, catch their only matinee at 2pm. After tomorrow's performance, a reception will be held to benefit the Emerson College Nicole M. duFresne Scholarship Fund. Gothamist reported on duFresne's tragic death this January and is happy to know that duFresne's memory and talents are being honored. For more information on the benefit or group sales, please e-mail email@example.com.