A NoHo Arts theatre review of ”The Legend of DC Colorado,” written and produced by Constantine Malahias and Christopher Merlino, directed by Alessandra Mesa, and music composed by musical director Felix Birdie at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival.
There’s nothing like a truly excellent musical, full of larger-than-life characters, rousing songs and hilarious antics. “The Legend of DC Colorado” is truly exactly that, excellent in a weirdly wonderful kind of way, like “Rocky Horror” meets “Thunder Dome” meets “Legend” with a dash of “Buffy.”
Two brothers, one dim and one dimmer, lose their beloved mother when she is murdered by their demon father, who they have no idea even exists. The demon has returned to DC Colorado, a town halfway between Washington DC and Colorado, on some kind of paradoxical spot on the earth where, with all the right conditions and one very particular crystal, the doors of hell can be opened and all the demons within let loose on the world. Daddy demon is searching for said crystal and the boys are searching for it too, to bring back their mother.
Add to this a talking magical horse, a wise mountain man and a witch that turns out to be their long lost aunt, and you have all the ingredients for a wonderfully absurdist comedy with many fabulous and ridiculous songs and characters and twists and turns.
“The Legend of DC Colorado” is a lot of fun. The performances are genius and the pilot line insane and I absolutely loved it. As did the rest of the audience if their whoops and hollas are anything to go by!
The creators, Constantine Malahias and Christopher Merlino, who also play the two brothers, clearly had an epiphany during the pandemic shut down, stuck in New York with possibly too much time on their hands. “The Legend of DC Colorado” is the result of that covid nightmare and can I just say that I think it might have all been worth it…almost.
The Hollywood Fringe is the perfect place for this nonsensical, fantastical brilliance and reason enough to crowd into the gorgeous Broadwater main stage and spend some time amongst our fellow fringers.
If you want some respite from all the chaos in the world, I guarantee you will forget everything for 60 minutes or so in the arms of DC Colorado and its slightly psychotic residents. Bravo and yipikayay!
Constantine Malahias, Christopher Merlino, Lo Artiz, Joey swift, Felix Birdie, Gwynn Ballard, Jack De Sanz.
Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30 P.M.
The Broadwater Main Stage
1076 Lilian Way, Hollywood