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  •  REVIEW: I SING

    I Sing

    Singing singles

    Entirely set to music, "I Sing" is the tumultuous tale of love triangles, betrayal and unrequited desire in the Prozac era.

    By JOSHUA TANZER
    Offoffoff.com

    This production couldn't be more aptly titled, since it forgoes dialogue in favor of songs — the actors are constantly singing throughout this show. Focusing on the romantic tribulations of five young New Yorkers in their twenties, "I Sing" is an energetic, humorous and at times poignant evening of musical theater.

      
    I SING
    Written by: Eli Bolin, Sam Forman, Benjamin Salka.
    Directed by: Benjamin Salka.
    Cast: Billy Eichner, Jeff Juday, Jodie Langel, Michael Raine, Meredith Zeitlin.
    The characters we meet are Charlie (played by Billy Eichner), a trust-funded gay guy who discovers he's not quite so gay due to the wiles of Pepper (played by Jodie Langel), his hot-blooded party-promoting roommate. There's Nicky (played by Jeff Juday), an investment-bank worker involved with Heidi (Meredith Zeitlin), who's still supported by Dad. Nicky and Heidi are letting the nebbishy Alan (Michael Raine) crash on their couch when he's not teaching Hebrew school.

    Tumult ensues when Heidi and Nicky break up, Alan moves in on Heidi and Nicky gets involved with Pepper, whom Charlie is tormentedly smitten with. There's a lot to sing about as the characters first expand upon who they are: singing about futons and Caesar salad with croutons and Prozac for lunch and how I don't know who I am but I gotta be me — and then the tunes turn to how they're involved with each other.

    When Nicky is two hours late for a date with Heidi, Alan goes into a hilarious number about his desire for her, involving impressive leaps and twirling and some funny business with Nicky's wallet. As the show progresses, we learn more about the characters' feelings as they all stand on the verge of something and try to put their hearts back into place.

    The performances are great — all the actors deserve kudos and a year's supply of lozenges for singing so much and so well — and you really feel like you know the characters. How about a sequel when they're going through midlife crises?

    JUNE 21, 2001
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


    Reader comments on I Sing:

  • I loved "I Sing!"   from Jason Birnbaum, Jun 22, 2001
  • Funny, quirky, catchy & edgy!   from Alan Ruckerman, Jun 26, 2001
  • Looking up for 'I Sing!'   from TheatrefanNYC, Jul 17, 2001
  • I Sing!   from Korrie, Feb 18, 2002
  • I Sing! is a gem   from bwaybaby, Nov 9, 2003
  • I SING   from Patrick O'Connor, Mar 8, 2005

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