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The Room is widely acknowledged to be one of the worst movies ever made. Full of plot cul-de-sacs, ridiculous dialog and even more questionable acting, it’s the creation of Tommy Wiseau. A strange Schwarzenegger-esque figure who hopelessly miscast himself in a movie which he also wrote, directed and produced.

Two Spoon’s musical adaptation of The Room is in every sense a parody. The story is summarised and lampooned at every opportunity. The worst crimes of the script are retained, surrounded by self-aware dialog that raises the questions and disbelief anyone who has watched The Room will recognise.

Set in San Francisco, but for some reason badly green-screened in LA, The Room’s diegesis meanders around central character Tommy (ego, much?), his “future wife” Lisa, “best friend” Mark, “almost surrogate child” Denny and a number of other people who come and go for almost no reason. Lisa and Mark are having an affair whilst Denny is in love with Lisa but too involved in an unexplained drug problem for anyone to really care much. Set against a backdrop of framed photos of plastic spoons and the desire to play American football at the most inappropriate moments, The Room is indeed a strange and curious film.

Two Spoon’s musical adaptation of The Room is in every sense a parody. The story is summarised and lampooned at every opportunity. The worst crimes of the script are retained, surrounded by self-aware dialog that raises the questions and disbelief anyone who has watched The Room will recognise. The musical numbers are, to be fair, unsophisticated and mostly serve to poke more fun at the characters. Songs like Tommy’s Such A Great Guy, Sexy Red Dress and What Kind Of Drugs? aren’t likely to top the cast recordings chart anytime soon, but in context they are pretty funny.

Acting wise, it’s all very much over the top. I didn’t manage to grab a cast list, but respect to the actor playing Denny for the Peter Lorre inspired charactisation, and Lisa’s mother for simply stealing every scene she stumbled into.

Because of the source material, I’d venture the overacting, scene changes and unexplained directorial decisions are probably permissible. In any other show, the slapdash amateur theatrics would be inexcusable; here they seem ‘right’. But only just barely.

As a fan of the film, I get this show – but in reality it’s a massive ‘in joke’ that those without some prior knowledge will struggle to get. For them it will look like a bunch of students jumping around the stage with a poor script, terrible delivery and zero stagecraft. So for that reason it’s difficult to rate this. If you’re a fan, you’ll love it; if you’re a Room Virgin, you’ll wonder what the hell is going on. Spoon!


31st Jul 20154:00pmTea Pot
Parliament Street, York

The Blurb

You’ve probably heard of The Room.

It is routinely cited as the best bad film of all time: the ultimate of the “best of the worst” genre. For the first time ever (at least as far as we can tell), this cult phenomenon has been made into an amazing parody musical.

Adapted by our own Ed Greenwood, The Room: The Musical retells the classic love story between man and woman, best friend and unofficially adopted son. The candles, the music, the sexy dress - this new musical provides a new take on this classic 'black comedy', embracing the memorable moments of the original film whilst attempting to find new meaning in places where perhaps there is no meaning at all.

Whether you're new to the world of The Room or a die-hard spoon-wielding maniac, this show is guaranteed to make you laugh until your spurt Scotchka all over your badly-fitting tuxedo.

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