Musical theater's a tough sell, but here goes nothing! Finally bringing you a musical about something worthwhile -- Mario: Super Claudio Bros.
Now running as part of the Capital Fringe Festival, Claudio Bros. (...licensing issues...) is a ruthlessly creative, brand-new batch of musical slapstick/melodrama set in everyone's favorite 8-bit universe, following the plumber-bros' "quest to overcome man-eating plants, spiky killer mushrooms, and a neurotic, love-starved homicidal purple platypus" named "Bruiser", which isn't too different from the time you tried to overcome spiky killer mushrooms. The 2-hour(ish) pageant covers feelings of inadequacy/sibling rivalry in the Luigi-esque character's solo "Player Number 2"; a diddy based on the theme tunes from the original game; uncomfortable gyrating/"dance" moves in a Bruiser solo number; and explores friendship lost in the melancholy "Game Over", which incidentally, was the cue for your "friends" to leave the basement. Because even bizarrely-costumed thespians can't fully replicate Mario's awesomeness, the production's aided by stick-controlled puppets (for the villainous, goomba-like nemeses), impressively spot-on original Mario-like animations projected on a massive screen behind the actors, and large cut-outs (for the Yoshi-esque dinosaur, "?" coin boxes, etc) intentionally blurred to look like the original pixelated graphics...or current, SyFy Original ones.
To make sure you get in the game, audience participation/immersion's kept high as characters and puppets roam the aisles at will, and all guests are given free wearable mustaches -- which spares you the embarrassment of having to RENT...which would just totally, totally suck.
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