It is the future. Water is in short supply, and the population is restless — really restless. They rock back and forth, bend forward at the waist in knock-kneed anticipation, hop from foot to foot with straining eyes. In the future no one can pee without first paying for the privilege. The Urine Good Company controls the toilet trade, and woe befalls those who flaunt the rules and tinkle where they please; such scofflaws are taken to the dread Urinetown to pay for their crimes of pissin'. But one brave young man — Bobby Strong, if you can believe that — will fight the UGC and its evil president, Caldwell B. Cladwell. Fight him through song and dance and tongue-in-cheek parody, because in Greg Kotis and Mark Hollmann's Urinetown: The Musical, the standard elements of Broadway musicals are as ripe for mocking as the idea of a class-based society that commodifies everything, even our waste products. The Department of Theatre, Dance and Media Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis presents Urinetown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (November 6 through 15) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-4949 or www.touhill.org). Tickets are $8 to $10.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 6. Continues through Nov. 15, 2008