NEW YORK – An already popular Broadway production of Gerbils! goes remarkably well without actors. After a nearly sold out first week of performances, the producers saw an unprecedented opportunity to remove the actors from the story entirely.
“It’s a much better show without actors,” said a spokesperson of Caravan Inc, the production company. “And we love actors, don’t get us wrong.”
Caravan Inc, known for a string of Broadway hits such as Salamanders! Emus! Birds of Prey! paid off the actors’ union contracts, but kept ticket sales open.
“It was a risk, we know. But it was a financial risk we were happy to take.”
Once word got out the curtain would rise, but without actors, the show sold out within an hour.
One enthusiastic patron said after seeing the actor-less production, “Who needs actors?”
(It is the opinion of this journalist that the stage manager who took control of rehearsals and led the production to its regular opening date might be in cahoots with the producers. This is unconfirmed.)
The originally scheduled closing date of Gerbils! has been pushed back to accommodate the demand in tickets.
by Dan Plighter