If you have the courage to admit “I’m [state your name] and I am a game show addict” then The Bargain Basement Game Show will be a fun show for you. It’s like playing Trivial Pursuit® at a friend’s house, only with comedic skits and nice prizes (despite the recurring jokes about the low budget for the show).
Rob Perkins is the Host. He’s a self-described “second rate game show host” who hasn’t had a date in way too long (perhaps due to his fashion sense, illustrated by a laughable shiny blue double-breasted suit). Fortunately, his spirits are kept high by a work family of the charming Hostess (Maureen Shanahan), the eager assistant (Charlene V. Smith), and the helpful Tech guy (Nathan Wurzel).
The production is billed as “The only theatrical game show that combines high-brow trivia with low-brow humor.” I don’t know about the “high-brow trivia” since many queries involve movies, music, and popular culture, but there are a nice mix of questions for a broad audience.
Audience participation is an essential part of the show. Everyone gets to vote on the correct answers to sixteen questions and having your scorecard marked and some lucky members of the audience have the opportunity to come forward to help with one of the skits to earn a prize.
The evening has a comfortably cheesy feel as the company parodies the feel of classic game shows. The humor is not very fringy or especially witty, but the nostalgia factor of many questions is pleasurable.
If you want to play some easy intellectual limbo with your friends, you can have a pleasant break at Bargain Basement Game Show. And did I mention the nice prizes?
Author/Director: Rob Perkins
Produced by Treyhawk Productions
Reviewed by Steven McKnight