Camp Morning Wood Review

May 26, 2023
David Sunnyside

Featuring all of the campy nudity you'd expect from such a title, this raunchy musical comedy has the audience laughing-out-loud and even clapping on its opening night. Jay Falzone's book doesn't win any awards, but it works as well as can be expected given the subject matter. The cast is solid, though a few performers stand out more than others. Alex Gagne as Randy delivers the kind of "every gay" performance many in the audience will identify with, while Michael Witkes as Kincaid is the hot narcissistic user we'd all love to have a three way with.

The design is festival-level at best, with painted flats and costumes that look like they came from the costume shop. Izzy Fields's lighting is consistent and often effective, but the set occasionally gets in the way with its incongruous and sometimes unnecessary elements (such as a random yoga lesson). The pacing could be a bit quicker, too; cutting a few scenes would allow for an intermission-less 90 minute run time.

As a comedy, it's not as sharp or as clever as it could be, but it does what it wants to do--make us laugh at snarky jokes about the fetishes and foibles of contemporary gay culture. It also reminds us how much fun it can be to get away from our electronic devices and have some real human interaction, which is something we all need more of these days. Camp Morning Wood is a fun and feisty show worth shedding the Covid sweatpants for.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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