Saw a truly dreadful production of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" tonight at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. The talent was mid-level, the costumes were cheap, the sets virtually non-existent and the mikes kept cracking.
If it were a Community College production I would have been impressed. But if the Korean-backed producers of shows at the Kodak keep bringing such lousy touring shows to town their going to find out that once people's curiosity to see the theater where they do the Oscars is satisfied they won't keep them coming back.
The theater wasn't that full to start with, and at least 10% of the audience left at intermission.
At one point GeezBob and I actually debated whether one of the "ladies" in the show was a drag queen. This is bad because you're not supposed to talk while the show is on. Judge for yourself: http://www.stacymoscotti.com
Actually, if you look at Stacy's website you can see that she and the other performers in the show have been on a pretty grueling tour -- and I feel for them. But you can also see that the towns they've been playing are on a different level than the 1,300 seat Kodak Theater in Los Angeles -- for crying outloud.
At one point some members of the cast actually came offstage and tried to lead the audience in a chant of "Shame, shame, shame -- You're ruining our good name." On that point I agreed.