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Sex Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll

Skimming the surface for a few historical highlights is what a musical revue should do. Trip of Love runs through the ’60s via pop tunes and popular dances with a side of drugs and nods to the protest movement.

Trip of Love should have stayed with the surface, since any attempts to go deeper really back-fired. The low point was a recreation of the pain of sending young men to war. The high point was that “beautiful balloon”– when an actual hot air balloon lit off into the rafters.

Lavishly staged with mostly true-to-period (if a little dramatized) costumes, designed by Gregg Barnes, and very elaborate sets, co-designed by director/creator/choreographer James Walski and Robin Wagner, Trip of Love is a bit psychedelic and a little soft-core.

Billed as “Time: Now, Place: Here,” Trip of Love aims to be hip and happenin’ baby.

Austin Miller in <b>Trip Of Love</b>, Photo by Matthew Murphy
Austin Miller in Trip Of Love, Photo by Matthew Murphy
David Elder, Dionne Figgins, and the cast of <b>Trip Of Love</b>, Photo by Matthew Murphy
David Elder, Dionne Figgins, and the cast of Trip Of Love, Photo by Matthew Murphy
Dionne Figgins and the cast of <b>Trip Of Love</b> Photo by Matthew Murphy
Dionne Figgins and the cast of Trip Of Love Photo by Matthew Murphy
Joey Calveri, Tara Palsha, and the cast of <b>Trip Of Love</b>, Photo by Matthew Murphy
Joey Calveri, Tara Palsha, and the cast of Trip Of Love, Photo by Matthew Murphy
Tara Palsha, Kelly Felthous, Dionne Figgins and the cast of <b>Trip Of Love</b>, Photo by Matthew Murphy
Tara Palsha, Kelly Felthous, Dionne Figgins and the cast of Trip Of Love, Photo by Matthew Murphy
Laurie Wells in <b>Trip Of Love</b>, Photo by Matthew Murphy
Laurie Wells in Trip Of Love, Photo by Matthew Murphy

Trip of Love stars Joey Calveri and  David Elder, both of whom are very engaging,  Kelly Felthous, Dionne Figgins, Austin Miller. Tara Palsha, who is very agile, and Laurie Wells  with a large back-up crew.

Trip of Love comes to us from its 2008 world premiere in Osaka, with the backing of groups of Japanese producers. It is scheduled for an open run at Stage 42.

For more information and tickets, please go to http://tripoflove.com/