Monday, October 12, 2015

Applause! Applause! Review of Moxie Magnus & The Alien Androids From Uranus at The Laurie Beechman Theatre by Dr. Thomas Robert Stevens

This review of Moxie Magnus & The Alien Androids From Uranus at The Laurie Beechman Theatre was written by Dr. Thomas Robert Stevens and published in Volume X, Issue 5 (2015) of the online edition of Applause! Applause!

Moxie Magnus & The Alien Androids From Uranus
Written & Performed by Brantley Moate
The Laurie Beechman Theatre
407 West 42nd Street
New York, New York 10036
Reviewed 10/11/15  

Lt. Moxie Anne Magnus, the Chief Xenocosmetology Officer aboard the USS Enterprise under Captain James Tiberius Kirk, appears on stage to tell the audience they are not really in a cute little cabaret in New York City but instead are trapped in a milky liquid in a stasis chamber aboard a rocket heading to Uranus (The Planet). The Evil Queen of the Alien Androids of Uranus intends to use the humans she kidnaps to power their alien technology for nefarious purposes. Moxie Magnus has placed the audience in a time loop and this is the ninth time she is attempting to save us from the Evil Queen who intends to force an anal probe (a large, silver twelve inch dildo) into Uranus (The Butt) after which there is no turning back. Moxie is projecting her image into our minds. She is really lying on a bed in Sick Bay in the 23rd Century spooning with Spock. To defeat the Evil Queen, Moxie Magnus tells us we must form a mental link with all the other audience members. To do so, we must clap profusely, laugh at everything she says, and shout out Moxie! Moxie! Moxie!. In the end, we must learn the password, which is "Encore" and if we don't scream it out, she promises "we will die one way or another."

To get us in the mood, music from Star Trek is played as we wait for the show to begin. Without her hair extensions, Moxie mingles with the audience welcoming everyone and thanking them for coming. I spotted some local Starfleet ship members in the audience as well as Moxie fans wearing tee shirts promoting this show. Moxie Magnus is pleasant, perky and charismatic. She was impeccably dressed in three impressive Star Trek inspired uniforms, decked up with hair extensions and wearing high-heel, black boots. Towering over the audience, this eight foot tall Starfleet officer (counting the heels and the hair) reminded everyone that if she is dressed in blue, she is simply a lowly officer; if she is dressed in gold, she is in command; and if she is dressed in red (probably as the Evil Queen of the Alien Androids of Uranus (The Planet)), then she is in very deep trouble. 

This Queen of the Final Frontier played the ukulele but warned the audience she was "not trained at all in music, a fact we wouldn't know until we heard her play." During The Ballad Of Moxie Magnus, there was also a good line where she said her "falling into a Black Hole made the Vulcan Council weep." She also reported her uncle wrote a book on anti-gravity that was "light reading" and that she "just couldn't put the book down." He also gave a lecture on the human heart, lungs and kidney, but she didn't attend because she "can't stand organ recitals." At the bar, she met a microbiologist but she was "very small." From there, the jokes become even more lame and the stories flew off in directions completely unrelated to the theme of the show. Her opening story was about how she and Princess Leia went to the same finishing school and shopped together. This was completely inappropriate since we came to see a Star Trek universe themed show, not a Star Wars universe show. It would be like going to a Roman Catholic Church and seeing a Muslim Imam leading the congregation. There were also long silences between costume changes that needed to be filled with something. To say the show did not come off like clockwork is an extreme understatement.

Let me be clear. I thoroughly enjoyed the character presented to us. Moxie Magnus is bright, intelligent and entertaining. The only problem is she needs to write a show that is as high quality as she is. No problems with the costumes and hair. No problem with her personality and voice. Basically, it's just her material that sucks. Too many groaners! So how can the show be improved? She needs to record Star Trek related videos to play during her costume changes. Her jokes need to be relevant to the Star Trek universe (and/or to her work as a xenocosmetologist) and they mustn't be lame. It couldn't hurt to add some steamy K/S slash into the show. Her songs should be on-topic filk or ones that mention Star Trek characters, like the 99 Red Balloons song she sang mentioning Captain Kirk. She could also work in some other space-related songs or song parodies while keeping "Rocket To Uranus," which was a very good choice.

At the end of the show, Moxie Magnus confessed that "2016 is the year she intends to make it big." She said, "2015 was that year, but it didn't work out." (I'd say for obvious reasons) I would be happy to go back to see Moxie's next show and to recommend it to friends, but she needs to improve the writing, better rehearse the show and tighten up the theme. For more information about Moxie Magnus, visit her website at http://www.moxiemagnus.com/ 

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