Audience laughter wasn’t the only thing that was hard and extended in Wagon Wheel Arts’ Thursday night production of “Triassic Parq: The Musical.”
The show was full of hilarious sexual innuendos, double entendres and witty pop-culture references. But those additions came second to the commitment and determination shown by all of the performers in their individual roles.
The musical follows an all-female dinosaur tribe through sudden biological changes, as T-Rex 2, portrayed by Jessica Sorgi, begins to grow what she describes as a large “grotesquity.”
Performance: Triassic Parq: The Musical
Location: Kenan Theatre, August 22
The performer’s voice is strong and intricately feminine throughout the beginning of her role, but it becomes more carnal and dominating — paralleling the growth of her bodily addition from six to roughly 15 inches.
But Sorgi isn’t the only performer who stole the show. It’s obvious that Jackson Bloom, who portrays narrator Morgan Freeman in the performance, thoroughly studied the actor’s movies and idiosyncrasies, as his voice rises and falls with the same methodical, raspy-yet-comforting tone of the real actor. His character enters the stage in a janitor’s outfit, mopping the floor as an appreciated nod to Freeman’s role in “Bruce Almighty.”