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Utah Valley University Theater: Urinetown

Friday 1.22



Imagine a world where water is low, restroom lines are long and peeing isn’t free. For every tip-toe to tinkle, the pee-pee dance is no laughing matter, but commonplace.

Welcome, courtesy of the Utah Valley University Theater Department, to Urinetown—a place down the drain where egregious street-side pee-ers and unlawful freeloaders of vigorously controlled public toilets pay their debt to society. As you might expect, the citizens rebel for their freedom, and the plot twists like loose toilet paper in the wind.

Touring off Broadway since 2003, Urinetown started with humble beginnings: A trip to a European pay toilet inspired writer Greg Kotis, thus proving most good ideas happen on the can. Appealing to your inner smart-ass, Urinetown: The Musical pokes at just about everything (except bladders; that’s never funny). From capitalism and social irresponsibility to even the musical form itself, no kidney stone is left unturned. Satirizing even satire, the unexpected ending may leave you in the sewer—good intentions and revolutions might not make happy endings.

Urinetown: The Musical @ Ragan Theatre, Sorensen Student Center, UVU, 800 University Parkway, Orem, 801-863-7529, Jan. 21-30, 7:30 p.m.