Photo by Carol Rosegg

A parody trek-tacular
Co-Written, composed, and lyrics by
Co-conceived and additional materials by
Directed by JOHN LAMPE

Review by Nicole Jesson

To quote the gentleman across the aisle, “This show has no right to be this good.”

And yet, dear reader, it is.

There is no doubt in my mind that Gene Roddenberry is rolling in his grave – with laughter. The show is pure joy. If you know The Wrath of Khan, or at the very least OG Trek and any musical theatre, you will love this show. The Creatives have boldly gone where they probably shouldn’t, and we are all the better for it.

The cast is fantastic. I am absolutely shocked to see Off-Broadway “Debut” next to the names Julian Manjerico and Zachary Kropp, Commander Data and Khan respectively. I’m not sure if Julian is Joel Gray playing Data or Brent Spinner as Cabaret’s MC, but his performance is stellar either way. Kropp takes a dash of Ricardo Montalban on a Tim Curry Frankenfurter and soars to new heights with his powerful vocals. And then, there’s Shyaporn Theerakulstit – learn that name. His performance as Admiral James T. Kirk channeled William Shatner so profoundly that I’d like to ask Mr. Shatner if he woke up this morning after having a strange dream about being in Les Miz?

I would be remiss if I did not touch upon the remainder of the talented crew of the Enterprise: Clayton Matthews who skillfully plays both helmsmen, Crystal Marie Stewart who delightfully gets to say everything Nichelle Nichols was thinking, Laura Whittenberger who embodies Saavick’s half Vulcan / half ingenue perfectly, Lindsay M.E. Newton bounces from Bones to Scotty and back again with aplomb, and lastly, Maxwell Nausbaum who gives a dazzling display of Spock’s tapping meditation all the while maintaining Spock’s expressionless demeanor.

Do not overthink this! It’s just plain fun. You will laugh. You will groan. You will think, “Oh no, you didn’t!?!” You will giggle and sing along to the perfectly selected pre-show / intermission music. And folks, I am purposely leaving out most of the best bits, so I don’t ruin it for you. Proceed at warp speed to the Players Theatre on MacDougal, grab a coffee and a pastry at Cafe Ruggerio as you wait in line, and then sit back and take in the stars. 

P.S. Jolene Richardson, costumer, if you are responsible for that Greatest American Hero wig, you deserve an award. Merritt Butrick would be honored.

Off-Broadway’s Players Theatre (115 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012) | May 4 – June 4 |

Published by malinism

Malini is a native New Yorker who has been involved in the arts for her entire life. She's served the theatre in many aspects of which she's very proud – actress, director, producer, stage manager, costume designer, prop designer, theatre reviewer, publicist and most recently writer/monologist. She received her BA in Theatre Arts and English Literature from Baruch College and her MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School. In 2003, Malini and her husband, Ian, created Black Henna Productions with a handful of innovative artists. Every member of the company collaborates on every piece, either writing, acting, directing, designing, or filling any other role that fit their own personal skills with a commitment to bring new, exciting, and challenging theatre to the world. She is an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Malini received the Woman of Distinction Award for her contribution to Media, Arts and Culture from the City of New York in 2008. She is also a Person of Godspell which ran at Circle in the Square on Broadway from 2011-2012.

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