Can you spell #!%@ ?
Bruce Snell, 24 21st Street and Eighth Avenue, Manhattan
Thu Sep 29 2005
Photo: Talia Simhi
Although you may be able to perform cunnilingus, do you know how to spell it? If risqu wordplay drives you wild, feed your fetish Sunday 2 at The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The Tony-nominated musical about six brainy tweens competing in a spelling bee has always been a tad obscene—one poor boy sings about the difficulty of remaining focused with a hard-on. But while the piece is usually a family affair, this performance will showcase words appropriate for adults only. Jay Reiss, who plays Vice Principal Douglas Panch, pens all of this material, and his outrageous, politically incorrect humor is the perennial highlight of the show. With his self-censor gag off, he's sure to teach the audience a blue thing or two. Not that everyone wants to learn. Caught in line last week before the normal PG-rated show, Worthy Glover of Landing, Utah, scoffed, "Oh, I don't think I'd be interested in that."—Raven Snook
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is at the Circle in the Square Theatre.