If you’re a person for whom the political, environmental and economic climate seems abominably awry and perhaps irrevocably damaged, here’s the good news: All that bad news? It makes satire even more resonant and delicious. And, every so often, satire goes full-throttle meta, bypassing the act of mocking the cultural climate in which the performance is situated and lampooning the history of socially conscious performance itself.
Take Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis’ “Urinetown,” the next production in The Studio Theatre’s 2018-19 season. Therein, an extended drought forces the masses into a hierarchical, for-profit network of public toilets, entrance to which is tightly controlled by a corporation called Urine Good Company. Violators are exiled to a mysterious dystopia and a pee-for-free rebellion builds steam. (Think: David Cross and Bob Odenkirk are tasked with developing an episode of “Black Mirror” for Broadway, poking fun at “Les Miserables” along the way.) Fourth walls are shattered, theater tropes are mocked and an exhaustive litany of euphemisms for going No. 1 are trotted out with earthy gusto from the pee-bound proletariat. This one’s gonna be a good time.
Performances run through Sunday, March 24 at The Studio Theatre, 320 W. Seventh St., $20-$25. See centralarkansastickets.com for tickets.