True veterans of San Antonio’s theater scene, playwrights Mark Leonard and Thomas Masinter met as Trinity University students circa 1972 and have since collaborated on “about a half-dozen” plays, including the well-received “cajun voodoo musical” Fire on the Bayou
“No sacred cow is left un-barbecued” in their new “farcical musical parody” Gladiators in Love
. While it drops nods to iconic films ranging from Spartacus
to Brokeback Mountain
and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
, the new play is essentially a dramatic fan letter to Steve Reeves, a late bodybuilder and beefcake superstar of the “swords and sandals” era of cinema.
In addition to the promise of fresh material from the “local award-winning legends” (who admit they probably “should be ashamed of themselves ... but are not”), this initial semi-staged reading enlists the talents of eight local actors and vocalists who’ll embody mythological deities and Roman courtesans, not to mention a pupu platter of pop-culture phenoms both loved and hated — Daisy Duke, the Marx Brothers, Dom DeLuise and Donald Trump among them. Word to the wise: Gladiators in Love
is decidedly “not for the prudish or easily offended.”
$10, 8pm Fri Aug 24-Sat Aug 25, The Overtime Theater, 5409 Bandera Road, Suite 205, (210) 557-7562.
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