Urban woes and Broadway tropes

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‘Urinetown’ takes aim at targets

Denton Community Theatre skewers corporate corruption and makes light of environmental doom with the 2001 Broadway blockbuster musical Urinetown.

The musical sets its sights on a rebellion brewing in a town where water is so scarce that its denizens have to do their “private business” in public bathrooms. Every citizen has to pay for all bathroom activities, including using the toilet. Public urination is punishable by prison — basically a one-way trip to the secrecy-shrouded Urinetown.

The megacorporation Urine Good Company rations water through public toilets and taxes their use. Assistant urinal custodian Bobby Strong is scandalized by the stretched bladders and yawning purses of his townsfolk, and he opens the public bathroom for people to use for free.

His rebellion brings in the authorities. His fight is buttressed and complicated by the affections of Hope Cladwell — the daughter of Caldwell B. Cladwell, CEO of Urine Good Company. Other plot twists keep the show in comedic knots.

The musical is both a spoof of and cautionary tale about First World problems. It takes a sporting swipe at musical theater as well.

The musical opens Friday and runs through next weekend.

— Lucinda Breeding

URINETOWN

What: Denton Community Theatre presents the musical comedy by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Nov. 14-16 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 17

Where: Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St.

Details: Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors 62 and older, $10 for students. Call 940-382-1915 between 1 and 5 p.m. weekdays, or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com .


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