Welcome to Popcorn Falls, a small American town, whose only claim to fame – their namesake waterfall – has dried up. Now bankrupt, their last chance is a large grant that can only be used if the town produces a play in a week. Led by the Mayor and the local handyman, the enterprising townsfolk try to rise to the challenge and prove that art can save the world.
Sometimes the charm of Off-Broadway theater is in doing a lot with a little. Often, the simpler it is, the more charming it is. There is virtually no scenery in Popcorn Falls, the new two-man show at The Davenport Theatre. When the ‘setting’ changes, one of the characters simply writes the location down on the blackboard on the stage. And voila! We are somewhere else. Written by James Hindman, the comedy tells the story Popcorn Falls, a failing town whose eponymous falls dried up when the water source was diverted by another town. Unless the mayor, Mr. Trundle (Adam Heller), can come up with money, the town will be absorbed by the other town and be turned into a waste station. Fortuitously, many years before, someone had applied for an arts grant for the town, but the money is tied into producing a play. Unfortunately, the town has no theater and no play. So Trundle decides to produce one to get the money and save the town. There are more than 20 characters in the show, all played by two actors, Adam Heller and Tom Souhrada. Much of the humor comes from Souhrada playing the many female roles. Directed by Christian Borle (TV’s “Smash”, Peter and the Starcatcher, Something Ro …Read more