The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway

{4/5} “I know you are but what am I?”

Pee-Wee would like to be able to fly like his friend Pterri (the pterodactyl). His friend Sergio hooks up cable so he can connect to the internet on his computer. And his friends Miss Yvonne and Cowboy Curtis like each other but are too shy to say so.

Pee-Wee Herman is a character of Paul Reubens — he has appeared in live shows, a Saturday morning TV show, and two movies. The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway is a recording of a live show which aired on TV in 2011. The people in the audience were obviously big fans — they cheered when each character appeared for the first time. Amazingly, Reubens as Pee-Wee doesn’t look like he’s aged a day — and it’s 30 years later.

This show is both for kids and adults. Pee-Wee has a bunch of friends, some human and some inanimate objects that happen to talk (such as Chairry the chair and Globey the globe). There are a few songs. Everything moves along at a fast pace — if you’re not a big fan of one section something different will be happening soon.

I love Pee-Wee’s voice and mannerisms — I think he’s a fabulous character. Some parts of this show are silly but even those parts are watchable. He takes everything to the extreme, like saying “What?” about 20 times in a row while on the phone. Adult topics are alluded to and he briefly brings up things such as abstinence rings, same sex marriage, social networking, and military conscription.

If you’re a big fan of Pee-Wee, you’ll like this show. If you’re not, I encourage you to watch the movie Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure — it’s hilarious. Reubens is also brilliant in movies such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Mystery Men.

The only other member of the cast I knew was Phil LaMarr (Cowboy Curtis), who voices Hermes and other characters on Futurama.

The show was directed by Marty Callner, who has directed music and stand-up comedy specials featuring people like Whitney Houston and Robin Williams.

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