At the very beginning of Meat Man, the Narrator, played with a natural charm by Nathan Edmondson informs the audience that the story he is about to tell contains all the familiar old tropes. His promise does not fall flat, as the show contains everything he claims in his opening monologue: a man and a woman separated by an idea but drawn together by love, a third party trying to keep the two apart, and more themes anyone who’s ever watched a musical will recognize instantly. The narrator also promises something new, which is also delivered by the cast of this musical comedy.
The musical genre is sent up on an hilarious ride by co-writers Erin Davis and Eric Zrinsky in their tale about a town inhabited by meat-eaters stuck in their ways, an influx of “militant vegans” and two star-crossed lovers caught in between their beliefs and their budding romance.
Michael Melton plays the titular Meat Man, beloved by the members of his community for his peddling of all the savory treats their watering mouths can handle. Emily Grove as Violent Violet catches his eye as “fresh meat” even though the townspeople warn him of her radical vegan ways. Violet is planning to protest The Carnivores Carnival, the day of the year where all the townspeople gather to eat meat and “play meat games” and celebrate all things fleshy.
Here starts the ride of the Meat Man’s courtship and Violent Violet’s tug-of-war with her beliefs and her feelings. The show is filled with a variety of musical styles, sharp choreography, and meat puns and innuendo galore.
The cast obviously has fun performing and the sold out crowd at Saturday afternoon’s show ate up every morsel served up by the actors. All of the supporting actors draw double duty as both the stubborn old townsfolk and the new thinking vegan members of the community. The musical talents and range of the performers shine through different styles of song and dance.
Meat Man is a fun ride for anyone looking for a good musical, comedy, or a well crafted dick joke in the form of a song.
Meat Man plays two more times at the Mainstage at the Adrienne Theater, Sunday September 11 at 10pm, and Tuesday September 13 at 10pm. Tickets can be purchased online. The first ever screning of Meat Man: The Movie will be held Sunday September 18 at 6pm at The Urban Saloon. Visit Reel 9 Productions for more information.