Kitsch Me Not

Even "In the Ghetto" hums with sincerity in the Caldwell's Elvis revue.

LoShiavo and King: Finding the emotional truth in Elvis
courtesy Caldwell Theatre Company
LoShiavo and King: Finding the emotional truth in Elvis


Presented through December 17. Call 561-241-7432, or visit
Caldwell Theatre, 7873 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton

Here's another complaint that some folks might make, though I don't think it's fair: The interpretations in Hunka won't really put anybody in mind of Elvis. Rather, Presley's to be found in the singularly odd fact that a show like this can exist in the first place. It's in the way so many of the songs come on like kind-hearted jokes, happily taking the piss out of the whole affair, before King pulls out that breathtakingly sincere "In the Ghetto." You think: What the hell? I've just been moved to tears by — had a genuine emotional experience with — a piece of absolute, trivial, cheese-ball garbage! It's not a fair complaint, because that's the heart and soul of the Elvis Experience itself.

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