Known for his comedy entries to the Kansas City Fringe Festival, this year, Phil Kinen left behind his 4-part Huck Finn stories and moved forward into the 1960s to London and the Mod-Generation and Mick Jagger.
“You Get What You Need” tells the fictional account of how Jagger maneuvered and finagled his way into the London Bach Choir to sing backup on for his iconic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Kinen’s story is well-written, well cast, and moves quickly.
In the past, Kinen’s shows are word heavy, but this one relies more on the characters carrying the load rather than the words. Roan Ricker and Phillip Blue Owl Hooser star as the opposing artist and the Maestro of the Choir. Really strong support comes from Tony Beasley, Bryson Kenworthy and Debbie Blinn. The rest of the cast is Austin Hook, Pamela Sollars, John JT Turner, Rob Hallifax.
Watching Roan Ricker strut and prance around the stage, imitating Jagger, is worth the ticket. He absolutely steals the show–that is until Phillip Hooser is on stage. Hooser and Ricker are marvelous and hilarious as they spar back and fourth. Another on stage confabble comes between Hooser and Bryson Kenworthy. Their scenes are also priceless and funny. The tone mellows a bit when Jagger shares some herbal tobacco with a choir member who then gives him some sound advice. That scene between Debbie Blinn and Roan Ricker gives the piece some heart.
Overall, “You Get What You Need” delivers strong laughs, great characters, and a funny situation with a huge problem to overcome. Credit Kinen with another successful entry in the Kansas City Fringe. His shows always compete strongly for Best of Venue.
The production team is Tony Beasley, floor stage manager; Michelle Boyer, booth stage manager, Leslie Florez-Spindler; JOB/Fringe technical director, Warren Deckert.
“This non-actual, not-so-factual roller coaster account centers on counter-culture rock star Mick Jagger deceiving the conservative London Bach Choir into meeting at the Olympic Recording Studios in London on November 17, 1968. Tensions mount as the two factions clash over their divisive, volatile views of the turbulent ‘60s. Through their shared love of music, they ultimately overcome their philosophical differences and Create The Rolling Stones classic, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” (KC Fringe)
The Fringe Festival allows another chance to see Roan Ricker before he departs for Los Angeles to test the waters of West Coast theatre, TV, and movies. He has been one of Kansas City’s best young talents for the past several years. He will be missed. Do not miss this chance to see him perform live.
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