Urinetown: Strange Name, Great Show!


Audiences are raving about the Poplar Pike Playhouse’s latest fall production of Urinetown.

“These high school students gave very dynamic performances,” says first time patron Jarrod Terry.

The Tony Award winning show follows the trials of the people of an oppressed town where corrupt corporate and government interests have used a drought to seize control of the water. Personal toilets are outlawed and people must pay a private corporation to use the public restroom. If citizens don’t, they are banished to Urinetown.

While some audience members were skeptical about the plot at first, they say their skepticism quickly gave away to delight as a clever script with fantastic music, a talented ensemble and visually technical elements brought this story to life.

“The direction was great,” says Terry, “the lighting design was great.”

“I loved that the script had a bite to it, like it was funny but it also made you think,” says new patron Diane Scott.

“I don’t see them as high school students. I saw actors,” says longtime patron Kelly Griswold.

The chaotic wit of the characters had audience members laughing through the performance.

“Officer Lockstock was the right amount of sarcasm and cynicism. I thought that was hilarious,” praised Terry.

“All of the actors seemed to have a great amount of talent and experience,” says Griswold, “It truly was a joy to watch.”

While Urinetown is a musical comedy, audience members agree there is a deeper message to the story.

“The musical is almost indicative of the political landscape right now; the people rising up against the establishment,” says Scott. “And I think the actors pulled off this theme in a very mature way.”

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and two Obie Awards, this show is certain to have you laughing with delight. Urinetown runs through October 29. Tickets can be purchased or reserved online at ppp.org and through the Poplar Pike Playhouse box office at (901) 755-7775. To keep up with the latest news, follow the Playhouse on Facebook, Instagram (poplarpikeplayhouse), or Twitter (@ppptheatre). The Poplar Pike Playhouse is located on the campus of Germantown High School.