Produced by the Illini Union Board with an ensemble of 28 students and the despite it’s absurd name, the award-winning play, Urinetown: The Musical is well worth the watch. It is a satirical comedy-musical about a community’s struggle during a 20-year drought. Here in Urinetown, water consumption is curbed by a single capitalist company, Urine Good Hands, who takes away the town’s potty privileges; private bathrooms are banned and citizens are forced use and pay for the public facilities provided. The conflict, however, brought upon this town leads to a revolution. Now this notion isn’t completely ridiculous, seeing as how some places in Europe require a small fee to use public restrooms. Urinetown’s creator and lyricist, Greg Kotis, was actually inspired by this concept while traveling in Europe and having to pay-per-pee.
Three performances of Urinetown: The Musical will run at 7:30 p.m. on April 11 and 12, and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. at Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St. in Champaign. Tickets are on sale through Illini Union Ticket Central and Assembly Hall Box Office. They range in price from $13-$17 and a $3 discount is available for those with a valid UIUC Student ID.