Five thoughts: ‘Thrones: The Musical’ at the Space (July 15)

The Los Angeles cast of Thrones: The Musical.

1. As with the television show (and books) it's parodying, Thrones: The Musical is less about storytelling and more about how the characters emote through the story’s events. That’s the approach the cast of six uses to convince central character Linda to watch the HBO series for the first time, with each actor capably portraying more than a handful of Game of Thrones characters. The resulting manic pacing works to the advantage of the concept, as transitioning between musical numbers requires as few lulls as possible.

2. Even Donald Trump is a participating character. His first cameo takes place during the segment on, naturally, The Wall, which he demands to be huuuuugggeeee. In another appearance, he stabs Jon Snow and declares that he did it “for the Watch.” Snow responds by quickly kneeing the president in the nuts and saying, “For the world.”

3. The show’s take-no-prisoners sense of humor results in some of the biggest laughs of the evening. The Red Wedding-themed mumble rap number has cast members rhythmically singing “stab, stab, stab” while plunging a knife into just about every wedding guest, including an unborn Stark baby. On the other side of the emotional spectrum is the hymnal death song recounting Hodor’s demise, the actors ensuring that the audience-pleasing character dies in the noblest of ways, and bringing a more serious tone to the show, however briefly.

4. The Space continues to be a must-watch venue for hip shows. Its Saturday show was nearly sold out, and it managed to keep the room cool despite the heat wave. If there’s room for complaint, it’s that the sound needs to be adjusted for volume and clarity, as the otherwise mic’d-up actors were difficult to hear.

5. Shout out to the family who brought about six 10-year-old boys to the show, letting them watch the sex scene where Khal Drogo inserts a finger into Daenerys’s butt but leaving after an actor used the C-word. Surely the kids will enjoy revisiting The Sopranos during this weekend’s family time.

Thrones: The MusicalThrough July 23, 8 p.m., $33-$55, The Space, 3460 Cavaretta Court, 702-903-1070

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