‘Greetings from Fitzwalkerstan’ returns

Antonia Villalon, Staff Writer

With Gov. Scott Walker in every other update on your daily news feed, it seems only natural that the headlines would eventually find their way behind the blue curtain of the arts community.

The musical, “Greetings from Fitzwalkerstan,” is an original parody about the Act 10 protests of 2011, during Walker’s first term. It was written by former Wisconsinite and playwright Brian Leahy Doyle.

Doyle teamed with Michael Dilthey to write the musical’s manic songs, containing whimsical lines like “everything’s coming up cheese curds” and “fudget the budget.”

While the musical is quite entertaining and filled with potential, unless you find yourself standing more behind the red curtain of the arts community, it has the presentation of a rough draft from a sketch comedy show. One of those sketches doesn’t end when it should, and tarnishes the entire show.

There are scenes that don’t aid the plot but carry the essence of a side story that was never established or developed. Given the well-designed set, designed by director Odari Kimani (who also plays Tone Deaf FitzFitz) and Ingrid Kallick, the transitions come off as disorganized and longer than needed.

There are also a few songs that drag the show on with no real pertinence to the plot. With some fine-tuning and some cuts “Greetings from Fitzwalkerstan” could easily be cut down by 20-30 minutes and still be just as entertaining.

The recorded piano accompaniment over-powered many of the actors. While assistant and co-music director Lee Hayes shines every time she steps on the stage, it would have been great to see a live pianist accompaniment.

Eric Futon plays Witless FitzFitz, the brother of Tone Deaf FitzFitz, and Andy Lindgren, as Sven Slobfman, create the three stooges of villains in the play. Their beginning entrances take on a great physicality and is reminiscent of Comedia Del ‘Arte, also known as Italian comedy, or a circus show with their slap stick antics. It is a technique that fits well with the ambience of the musical.

Dillon Hanson is hard not to love with his bright eyed, intelligence and high energy as Ernest Mann along side his observant but a “love at first site” romantic peer Muammar Rabinowitz, played by Amit Jalan.

With some fine-tuning, which is expected to accompany any new original play, the solid potential in “Greetings From Fitzwalkerstan” could develop in to a strong and comical parody about Wisconsin’s political history.

If you are looking for an entertaining night you can still catch a show at the Broom Street Theater, it runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. until March 7.