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By Laura Moore
Special to The PREVIEW
“Well, go on then!” Chris Pike challenged when I threatened to get a video to post on Thingamajig Theatre’s Facebook page of her and her two friends who were dancing around the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts singing “Wild wild sex!” after the opening night performance of “The Accounting Division of Dynacorp Presents Office Space: The Musical.”
With original, catchy tunes and lowbrow humor based on the 1999 cult classic movie “Office Space,” Thingamajig’s production is a laugh-out-loud and sing-about-it-later kind of show.
“I have such a great time every show that we see, I keep thinking: This is the best show yet!” Lassie Olin declared after last Saturday’s performance of “Office Space: The Musical.” Every Thingamajig Theatre show presented at the Center for the Arts leaves its audience feeling passionately quenched. Thingamajig shows are sometimes heartwarming, emotion-stirring or mind-bending, but this January, the fare is simply hilarious.
Tim Moore stars as Peter Gibbons the dissatisfied office employee who discovers that, “I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.” After visiting a hypnotherapist, Peter relaxes and becomes ambivalent about keeping his job and lets the management in on a couple of secrets:
Bob: “You see, what we’re actually trying to do here is, we’re trying to get a feel for how people spend their day at work … so, if you would, would you walk us through a typical day, for you?”
Peter: “Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, ah, I use the side door — that way the Boss can’t see me, and after that I just sorta space out for about an hour.”
Bob: “Space out?”
Peter: “Yeah, I just stare at my desk; but it looks like I’m working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I’d say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.”
Bob: “Now we had a chance to meet, boy, Peter Gibbons, you just have a straight shooter with upper management written all over you.”
Brooks Lindner steals the scene as Peter’s next door neighbor who keeps tabs on Peter’s life by listening through the paper thin walls of their apartments and offers up friendly advice. Lindner also portrays Brian, the Chotckies waiter who is favored by his boss, Stan (played by Dave Armbrecht), over the fed-up Joanna, Peter’s love interest, played enduringly by Elizabeth Howey.
Armbrecht, as Peter’s boss, Lumberg, tortures the employees at Initech with his slow speech, apparent lack of responsibilities in upper management and idiotic requests.
Jarret Heber portrays Michael Bolton (no, not the singer) and Laith Scherer plays Samir; both characters are Peter’s friends and co-workers. Both are fed up with the printer, Lumberg and the indignities of answering to incompetent bosses.
Sharina Ramsey plays Nina, the secretary who haunts the Initech office with her shrill voice, and Jody Kurz plays Anja, the foreign temp. Mike Moran completes the cast with the unforgettable portrayal of Milton Wadums, the guy who, when the bosses looked into it more deeply, found that “apparently what happened is that he was laid off five years ago and no one ever told him about it; but through some kind of glitch in the payroll department, he still gets a paycheck.” And, instead of firing Milton, the bosses just, “went ahead and fixed the glitch. So, he won’t be receiving a paycheck anymore, so it should just work itself out naturally. We always like to avoid confrontation, whenever possible.”
The show runs Jan. 18 at 7 p.m., Jan. 19 and 20 at 2 p.m. and finishes Jan. 25 and 26 at 7 p.m., and Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets to the show are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be purchased by calling 731-SHOW or by visiting www.pagosacenter.org.
“The Accounting Division of Dynacorp Presents Office Space: The Musical” is rated M for mature audiences and is totally inappropriate for all ages.