Theater: WWU presents musical satire ‘Urinetown’

Western Washington University’s theater department presents the three-time Tony-awarding musical “Urinetown” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12-16, at Western’s Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theatre.

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, “Urinetown” is an hilarious satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. Citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he’s had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.

Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, “Urinetown” has catapulted the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective and wickedly modern wit. Missouri’s Lamby Hedge is guest director.

Tickets are $19 general, $15 students, at 60-650-6146, tickets.wwu.edu, and the PAC box office.