Cave Girl the Musical

Critics

LemonMeter

Reviews: 0

Audience

LemonMeter

Reviews: 1

Thu Jun 20, 10:30pm
Sat Jun 22, 4:00pm
Wed Jun 26, 8:30pm

Cave Girl The Musical tells the story of Gloria, a woman who leaves her life behind to live in a cave where she thinks she can finally be free. As a last-ditch effort to stay in the cave, Gloria attempts to disappear into a musical. When the music fades and the true villain is revealed, she is faced with the one thing she has been trying to avoid, the truth. McCarthy imagines, "the different path my life could have taken had I not found the road to sobriety and happiness. I hope to endear people who struggle with addiction or mental health issues to audiences who might not otherwise understand." The show-within-a-show and parody musical tropes are reinvented as this allegory for alcoholism and suicide slams head-first into one woman's addiction to denial.

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"It's tricky to judge the true quality of a show when the audience is packed with a performer's friends and family, as I think was the case, but I don't know that for sure. Whoever they were, the audience loved the show and gave it a standing ovation. Glennis has apparently not been on stage for a while and whatever nerves she may have had were deftly channelled into her performance. The premise is an interesting one and the writing serves it's purpose but, personally, I would have preferred a bit more depth in terms of exploring the reasons for her retreat into both the cave and musicals. I felt that there wasn't enough exploration of why she started drinking in the first place - it IS explained but I thought that the show could have done with at least one heartfelt ballad (since we're in a musical) explaining her true feelings/heartache - but maybe that's for Cave Girl 2.0? That being said, I still recall one poignant quotable quote: "It's like suicide, without dying" which was one of those lines I thought 'damn, I wish I'd thought of that!'. When the songs are in her comfortable range (a few require her to sing a little too low I felt) she has a stunning voice and there are some moments of great beauty. She has a masterful awareness of how to use her arms and hands whilst singing, that effortlessly compliment her emotions and the lyrics. She's a charismatic performer and instantly likable. It's an interesting mix of comedy and personal trauma. Overall, I enjoyed it and I'm glad I saw it!"

sweet-sour - RK Suttle


"It's tricky to judge the true quality of a show when the audience is packed with a performer's friends and family, as I think was the case, but I don't know that for sure. Whoever they were, the audience loved the show and gave it a standing ovation. Glennis has apparently not been on stage for a while and whatever nerves she may have had were deftly channelled into her performance. The premise is an interesting one and the writing serves it's purpose but, personally, I would have preferred a bit more depth in terms of exploring the reasons for her retreat into both the cave and musicals. I felt that there wasn't enough exploration of why she started drinking in the first place - it IS explained but I thought that the show could have done with at least one heartfelt ballad (since we're in a musical) explaining her true feelings/heartache - but maybe that's for Cave Girl 2.0? That being said, I still recall one poignant quotable quote: "It's like suicide, without dying" which was one of those lines I thought 'damn, I wish I'd thought of that!'. When the songs are in her comfortable range (a few require her to sing a little too low I felt) she has a stunning voice and there are some moments of great beauty. She has a masterful awareness of how to use her arms and hands whilst singing, that effortlessly compliment her emotions and the lyrics. She's a charismatic performer and instantly likable. It's an interesting mix of comedy and personal trauma. Overall, I enjoyed it and I'm glad I saw it!"

sweet-sour - RK Suttle