What do a baby, a puppet show and dog poop have in common? Absolutely nothing—and that’s the point of this oddball, wacky musical show playing at the Garner Galleria Theatre in Denver.
American tourist Steve (Derek Manson) randomly encounters each of these things and much more when his bike breaks down near a small village in France. He goes to a bike shop where the owners (Joe Liss and John Rubano who wrote the script with Dave Lewman) send him on a Francophile wild goose chase while he waits for the bike to get fixed. Steve is so naive and gullible that he endures a zany puppet show and an overnight stay at a youth hostel to wait out the repairs. At the hostel he shares a room with a Dutchman (Liss) who can only fall asleep by singing Japanese folk songs out loud. Huh? Yes, it’s that non-sensical.
The third Frenchman Henri Broussard is played by Bruce Green, who plays two other characters as well. Liss and Rubano play the rest of the 15 total characters that include a loud-talking Texan called Austin Houston.
The play has a little Marcel Marceau and a lot of Second City humor, which is no accident as the writers hail from Second City backgrounds.
The cabaret comedy will have you laughing in spite of yourself and cringing in your seat at some of the silliest banter and antics you’ve ever seen on stage. The lyrics of the songs written by Mark Nutter are just as funny and sung with remarkable talent. These boys will do anything for a laugh, and they get lots.
The Bicycle Men is an added attraction to the Denver Center Attractions 2014/15 season. It plays The Garner Galleria Theatre through July 20. Performance dates are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and Sunday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit www.denvercenter.org or call 303-893-4100.