Walmartopia is a tuneful satire of the retail behemoth. Vicki is trying to do her best at the big “W” with the hope of getting a promotion and hopefully being able to afford health insurance and to move out of the hotel room she shares with her daughter. But when she gets passed over again and instead is volunteered to try-out for a Wal-mart musical to improve their image with women, she decides to use the opportunity to speak out to the Board and is propelled thirty years into the future – in which everything is controlled by Wal-Mart. There is some clever ideas and some pleasant tunes (“Baby Girl” and the witty “A Woman’s Place is at Wal-Mart”) but while Walmartopia is briskly staged by Catherine Capellaro, the cast is strictly “community theater” quality. There may be enough good material for this show to have a future, especially here in the anti-Wal-Mart capital of the world. Stay tuned.
Fringe Rating: 7 (out of 10)
For info: http://www.walmartopia.com and http://www.fringenyc.com