Levi Middlebrooks: Back to Boyzee
8 p.m., $10, $7 students and military, pay-what-you-can for Wednesday, Aug. 22-Thursday, Aug. 23 performances. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, alleyrep.org
Part concert, part stage play, part multimedia art concept, part glorious trainwreck, the simplest way to explain Levi Middlebrooks: Back 2 Boyzee, the new play at Alley Repertory, is that it is analogous to a stage version of an episode of VH1's Behind the Music. But that only hints at the shenanigans involved.
The play follows Levi Middlebrooks, the aging ex-member of boy band Kinect4 in his attempt to stage a comeback concert as a Christian folk singer.
There are problems, such as the fact that people are far more interested in his old tunes than his Jesus ballads. Then there's the video of his drug-addled breakdown on YouTube. And it doesn't help that even in his prime, he was more of a Joey Fatone than a Justin Timberlake. Put it all together on stage along with faux-documentaries, song-and-dance sequences and punchy dialog, and it's a recipe for the most entertaining kind of disaster.
The show stars Boise actor Aaron Kiefer in the role of Levi Middlebrooks, whose, ahem, "husky" figure is about the furthest thing from boy bandom one can imagine. Regardless, Kiefer will be singing and dancing his way through original Kinect4 tunes onstage, something he said is more frightening for him than his last role for Alley Rep in The Vibrator Play, which required him to be anally probed onstage.
The play was written by Evan Sesek and Jason Haskins, the team behind Voices From the Boise Hole, and features all original songs. Performances will be Wednesdays-Saturdays through Sept. 1, except for Friday, Aug. 24.