The cast of Lyric Stage’s ‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical.’ (Courtesy photos)

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Opening this week:

Pocket Sandwich Theatre: Death the Musical III: Escape Room, opened Thursday-Sept. 23

Echo Theatre: Cadillac Crew, Opened Thursday-Sept. 30 at the Bath House Cultural Center

Firehouse Theatre: The Addams Family, Opened Thursday-Oct. 1

Shakespeare Dallas: King Lear, opend Thursday-Oct. 15 at Samuell-Grand Amphitheater, pictured.

Theatre Arlington: Club Cabaret, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra: Lila Downs with DSO, Friday and Saturday

Hip Pocket Theatre: Old And In The Way, Friday-Sunday.

Texas Ballet Theater: Dracula, Friday-Sunday at the Winspear.

Broadway at the Bass: Jagged Little Pill, Sept. 15-17.

Art Centre Theatre: Beyond the Surface, Friday-Sept. 24

Repertory Company Theatre: And Then There Were None, Friday-Sept. 24.

Theatre Denton: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Friday-Oct. 1.

Bruce Wood Dance: Homecoming II, Saturday at W.E. Scott Theatre.

Plano Symphony Orchestra: ¡Viva Mexico! with Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, Saturday at the Eisemann Center.

Turtle Creek Chorale: Sing for Our Lives, Tuesday at the Meyerson.

Onstage now:

Richardson Centre Theatre: Misery, through Sunday.

The Classics Theatre Project: The Seagull, through Sept. 24 at the Stone Cottage.

Garland Civic Theatre: Crimes of the Heart, through Sept. 24.

Lewisville Playhouse: Moon Over Buffalo, through Sept. 24.

Artisan Center Theatre: Some Enchanted Evening, through Sept. 30.

Stage West: Grand Horizons, through Oct. 1.

Artisan Center Theatre: Oliver!, through Oct. 7.

Lyric Stage: The Great American Trailer Park Musical, through Oct. 8 at the Lyric Studio Space.

AirOtic Soirée: A Circus-Style Burlesque Show, through Oct. 28 at Viva’s Lounge.

Review: Lyric Stage gets hilariously edgy with new musical in a new space

Lyric Stage consistently produces high-quality musicals at the Majestic Theatre. The company has a strong pool of talen for its well-crafted productions. But it’s fair to say that commitment to quality sometimes leads the company to play it somewhat safe-ish. Certainly nothing wrong with that, but its newest venture was a splendid surprise reminding audiences that Lyric still has the ability to take risks.

Lyric Stage’s newest production of The Great American Trailer Park Musical, by Betsy Kelso and David Nehls, was bawdy and audacious. The show was full of sass and hilarity, with plenty of jokes and a chaotic story of colorful characters. Director/choreographer Brandon Mason turned the show all that into a comedic sensation at opening night last Friday.

Lyric was shooting on all cylinders here. The technical aspects were marvelous from Scott Guenther’s lighting effects to Breianna Barrington’s costuming. Michael B. Moore’s wigs were wonderfully outlandish and Spencer Meador’s scenic design gave eye candy for days. Music director Hans Grim and the Trailer Park Band were bringing just-right twangy vibes to the trailer park setting.

What sold the show was a cast invested into the characters. Purposely over the top, the actors hit their comedy marks with ease. Pickles (Pamela Anglero), Betty (Samantha Padilla) and Linoleum (Cara Serber) was Trailer Park’s Greek chorus with outrageous costumes and songs. The troika of actors nailed their individual characteristics. Padilla was brash and bold; Serber mixed street smarts with misguided love and Anglero had the ideal brassy attitude as the immaculately pregnant teen.

Greg Hullett’s Norbert was the most understated if one can say that about this show. A loving husband to Jeannie (Mary Gilbreath Grim) as well as loving boyfriend to Pippi (Alena Cardenez), Hullett gave good guy energy while leaning into the show’s humor and then served up some nice sweet dance moves and vocals. As an agoraphobic, Grim gave a strong physical performance with a powerhouse voice. Cardenez gave Pippi, the stripper with a heart, played her character with a confident stride rather than a woman getting by on her looks and body all with some Ariana Grande vibes. As the gun-toting, marker-sniffing ex-boyfriend Duke, Ben Ashcraft was on a high 10 but maybe could have dialed it down to an eight. That didn’t deter from a crazed performance that kept all eyes on him.

Of course, what added to the enjoyment of the show was Lyric debuting its new studio space. For a black box, the space was extensive and certainly versatile. The vast set filled up the middle of the venue while the audience filled up the seats on each side to what looked like a sold out crowd having the audience shift around to fill all the seats. Although tucked away deep into the Design District — it’s almost like a treasure hunt to find the place — Lyric will have exciting options in the new studio and roomy lobby.

With the title alone, the only thing to expect from The Great American Trailer Park Musical is a damn good time.

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Actor heads back to North Texas in Jagged Little Pill tour debut – opens today

The Turtle Creek Chorale meets the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for the first time in new concert – Tuesday

Review: Stage West’s Grand Horizons serves up familiar sitcom vibes – through Oct. 1

–Rich Lopez