“Das Barbecü” in concert Aug. 12-14

I don’t usually do previews, but “Das Barbecü” produced by Sandbox Radio is playing in concert form at West of Lenin, for three days only. And for those of you who like your Wagner light, here’s a heads up. “Das Barbecü” is an alternative or a complement, or maybe just an egregious take-off on Wagner’s renowned “Ring” Cycle that has just begun at McCaw Hall.

Commissioned by Seattle Opera Company some years ago, “Das Barbecü” gives you in just about two hours, what in opera halls takes about 15 hours. But of course it’s not quite the same. Instead of Nordic mythology it gives you Texas shtick. Instead of arias you get Texas twang. It’s an outrageous adaptation that’s got love, hate, feuds, a magic ring, and lots of laughs. So if that interests you, put on your cowboy boots, dig out your Stetson, and mosey on down to see what Sandbox Radio does with this distorted Cliff Notes view of that sacrosanct Wagnerian opus.

It plays Aug. 12-14 at West of Lenin, 203 N 36th Street in Fremont. Tickets at http://dasbarbecuconcert.brownpapertickets.com

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