"If you're in the mood for a musical that delivers in all departments check out Musical Therapy for sure. Strong cast, good score and book, fine direction, and again, there are sock puppets."
"One of the big highlights of Musical Therapy is the score written by Chicago-based composer/lyricist Joey Katsiroubas. A few examples include Theresa's 'I Want' song 'Someone Who's There for Me' and the killer finale 'It Takes a Little Crazy.'"
"Dubish and her very talented band of performers and musicians... give us a delightful offering which features a strong score and 101 names for the male sex organ."
"This offbeat, adult musical comedy is the product of two extremely talented area artists."
"Always striving to improve the piece, Katsiroubas, Hass and Director Madison Smith, with smart, bouncy choreography by Katelyn Stoss, entered their production in this year’s Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. It remains to be seen how this musical will be judged by the end of the three week run; but the night this reviewer attended this show, it was completely sold out. That, and the thundering ovation, speaks volumes."
"With its catchy score, diverse characters, adult language and sexually explicit interludes, this comically entertaining, two-act musical is a playful pageant of sex, sock puppets and show-stopping musical performances that should have a long, popular future."
"There is something special about a musical that leaves songs running through your head the next day. And there is something great about a show that is put up by a small, low-budget operation that manages to outshine the boys with the big bucks."
"This was a tightly crafted piece that was more than laugh-out-loud funny. There were times when my sides hurt from laughing. I imagine this show will be remounted at some point. I know that the playwright and composer are interested in continuing to improve the script and music. But, when it comes down to it, the show is already finishing just behind a Sondheim piece on my list this year. I’m not sure it needs any improvements."
"The perfect storefront musical experience"
"Hass’s script is funny, and intelligent. Katsiroubas’s songs are memorable to the point that I’ve currently got one of them stuck in my head as I write this. The show’s structure is familiar, but quirky in a way that both reinforces what we want in a musical, but also pokes fun at what can be a a too tired trope at times. It is refreshingly tongue-in-cheek while simultaneously honest and true to itself."
"The show’s laughs come from physical sources as well as script-based chuckles."
"Sock puppets and sex and singing and dancing and wow."
RATING: 20/20 – “One Of The Best”
Excerpts from the Chicagoland Musical Theatre Review:
"Musical Therapy is a dark, raunchy comedy that plays on desperation to create an evening of theatre that is charming and inventive"
"That the show is funny is unquestionable, as is the talent of the creative team."
"Joey Katsiroubas’s score bounces with an Avenue Q-esque irreverent fun, with at least a few earworms in the bunch. His lyrics, though, are the real standout, as creating humor in song form is one of the most difficult tricks in musical theatre writing. The many instances of laughter elicited in the song sequences, combined with the masterful use of rhyme, make for an impressive comedic voice."
"This show was fantastic. The musical numbers were catchy, the dialogue was funny, and the little side comments the characters slipped in were very well delivered. It isn’t easy to slip a solid one-liner into a conversation, but they did it seamlessly."
"The pairing of couples in the show were fun to watch. It’s hard to say which couple was my favorite because each pair did a stellar job with their performance and their singing."
"The entire cast is excellent. They fully transform on stage, regardless of how different they are from their character. If you met an actor on the street after seeing this show, it would be hard not to assume they were actually a dominatrix, lesbian, or dumb jock. The keyboard player and drummer are flawless as they accompany the great singing voices of the cast. "
Chicagoland theatrical company, Death & Pretzels continues their Residency at the Gorilla Tango Theater, with a staging of the world premiere of Musical Therapy a new musical from writing team of Joey Katsiroubas & Dan Hass.
The production will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30pm from May 18th-29th and June 1st-10th at the Gorilla Tango Theater in Bucktown, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL. 60647.
Tickets may be obtained through: The Gorilla Tango Theater Online Box Office (GorillaTango.com) and The Gorilla Tango Theater Mobile Box Office (773-598-4549).
Read the full announcement here!