The title fits
Another musical, of a very different ilk, is onstage at Moxie Theatre, and it could use some fixing. While Eternally Bad isn’t, it’s substantially flawed. Javier Velasco wrote the script (he also directs) based on stories by Bay Area comix artist/writer Trina Robbins, with original songs by local great Candye Kane. Kane’s tunes are the best thing about this strung-together performance of tales about powerful goddesses in mythology. The way it unfolds is the problem. Did you ever take an acting class where you acted out the story while the teacher read it out loud? That’s essentially what goes on here, with co-stars Devlin, Melissa Fernandes and Rae K. Hendersen alternately narrating and performing, with a little help from supporting guys Erik Dugan (the adonis) and Michael Parrott (not the adonis). While a couple of the tales are diverting (Isis, Jezebel), many others ramble on too long, like an “SNL” sketch gone awry. If there were more emphasis on Kane’s empowering songs and more dramatized, less expository interpretation of Robbins’ stories, this world premiere might be more fun.
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David L. Coddon is a Southern California theater critic.