What's the beef? The students did a good job in "Black Patent Shoes..." It's simply a dated show full of cliches and forgettable tunes.
I love the "beefy baritone" description. Hope for fat guys at last! :)
I don't get what you don't get. I wish I could give you a better answer. Obviously, I don't blame the students and react to things "unevenly" because some things are insipid, some things merely silly.
So you're blaming the kids for the choice of the play? They didn't write it. They didn't pick it. Would've been nice if you'd talked more about the quality of the performances instead. Look at the differences in the way you reviewed the TM show--which you admit, is "For diehard fans with a good ear and a keen sense of silliness"--and the way you reviewed the U of M show. So the U of M show can't be "For diehard fans with a good ear and a keen sense of silliness" too? I just don't get your uneven reactions.
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