On Nov. 6 Amanda Barker, David Raposo and Danielle Trzcinski mounted the Terry Theatre Stage at the Times-Union Center to perform Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody. Female audiences hail Spank! a true girls’ night out. “It’s some good, dirty, R-rated fun,” said a 65-year-old audience member.
The parody highlights the many absurdities of E.L. James’ novel Fifty Shades of Gray, and capitalizes on Tasha Woode’s naiveté, Hugh Hanson’s control and E.B. Janet’s desire for more than a little spontaneity with her own husband. “Even though the show has been running for two years, every night I get to make Tasha a little more naive and a little more absurd…it’s that kind of reinvention that keeps the show fresh to us [the cast] and the audience,” says Trzcinski.
A blend of audience interaction and truly impressive improvisation left many of the senior ladies in the audience flushed, but laughing nonetheless. The improv experience that Barker, Raposo and Trzcinski bring to each show guarantees the show will never be performed the same way twice. “We know we’re going to have to think on our feet and go with the flow of the audience…before each show the cast all goes around says, ‘I’ve got your back.’ We haven’t fallen on our faces yet,” Trzcinski said.
Spank! tailors its jokes to the city it’s currently playing in. Jacksonville’s show took stabs at Middleburg, Winn-Dixie and Charlie Christ’s defeat in the race for governor. No matter which of the 170 cities Spank! tours through pre-performance cocktails in the lobby are a must, there will be laughs to be had at the host city’s expense and photo-ops with the sexy cast post-show. Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody should be on every girls’-night bucket list.