Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Valhalla, Y'all

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 11:27 AM

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It takes someone with a sterling set of spurs to tackle the swirling mythology and convoluted story line of Richard Wagner's 19-hour opera Der Ring des Nibelungen and turn it into a two-hour comedy set in modern-day Texas featuring Valkyries, Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and a dancing avocado. Well, someone did it — or at least (cow)poked a lot of fun at the challenge. With book and lyrics by Jim Luigs and music by Scott Warrender, the farcical adaptation of The Ring, Das Barbecü, plays Jan. 21 through Feb. 20 at North Coast Repertory Theater ($18 general, special performance prices vary).

Wagner meets Wrangler in this hilarious story of mismatched lovers who meet on the day of their shotgun double wedding amid three generations of feuding families, a magic ring of power, wild west lariat tricks and loads more. All the shenanigans of 30 characters are acted out by five actors. That's right, five actors have the challenging job of changing characters, costumes and dialects at a breakneck speed. Bless their hearts. The campy campfire musical is chock full of physical theater, sight gags, dancing, duets and more. You ain't seen nothing like this. So git.

Performances run Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. Jan. 22 to Feb. 20, with Thursday performances on Jan. 21 and Feb. 18 at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. Call the theater at 442-6278 or visit

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