The outstanding cast also features a nuclear-powered Jon Hoche in multiple roles (including a nutso Sesame Street-type monster who leads one of the vampy, street-smart musical numbers); the versatile Brooke Ishibashi as a Vietnamese woman connected with Hung's dark past; and the always crisply superb Bonnie Sherman, a Vampire Cowboys regular, as Hung's girlfriend Molly and in other roles. These actors don't just play characters, though; they're also ninjas, gangsters, etc., as well as versions of the characters suddenly shifted into different cinematic eras. It can get a little dizzying. But I was left not only with sore laughter muscles but a deeper appreciation for the dramatic abilities and sensitivities of this playwright and this director.
It wouldn't be right to skip a mention of the technical elements, including the music and sound by Shane Rettig, the combination of Nick Francone's cleverly stark set and lighting with Matt Tennie's video design, David Valentine's puppets, Jamie Dunn's sharp choreography, and Jessica Wegener Shay's fabulous costume design. Agent G is a delightful show with music, dancing, visual pop, and substance.
The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G plays at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row until March 4. For tickets, visit the Ma-Yi Theatre website.