Directly on the heels of the wacky "CHiPs the Musical" comes the Troubadour Theater Company's noticeably more sedate "A Wither's Tale." Almost a one-man show for founder Matt Walker, Shakespeare's romance gets a heartfelt and moving homage injected with all the expected side-splitting one-liners. It's just packaged a bit differently, significantly melancholy when compared to what we usual get from this gang of literary miscreants.
The Troubie's constantly improving mash-ups combine classic works of pop culture with specific song catalogs from music's best singers. "A Wither's Tale" marks a return to their best source material, the plays of William Shakespeare. The bard's somber saga gets fused with the tunes of Bill Withers, the soulful crooner best known for "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me." I was actually surprised how many other chestnuts Withers has in his discography.
But like the best Troubie productions, as long as they remember "the play's the thing," all the other elements like music and satire flow super easy.