The comic masterminds behind This Is Spinal Tapdebatably the greatest mockumentary of all timeare taking their show on the road, and theyre doing it sans the satire. Well, the Big Bottoms, Hell Holes and Sex Farms will all be present, butas the shows title indicatesMichael McKean, Harry Shearer and Christopher Guest are ditching the metal mullets and impossibly tight trousers to deliver their clever quips and comical jams in a stripped-down fashion. A cynic might suggest that the aging funnymen cant quite commit to their high-energy characters and up to 11 amp settings the way they used to. But theyve said that dropping the act allows them to jump in and out of non-Spinal Tap characters and songsand allegedly keep ticket prices low. Regardless of whether or not the illusion of Spinal Tap remains, the minds that gave birth to the greatest rock n roll parody in history will be there, and that alone is worth the price of admission.
Sun., May 10, 8 p.m., 2009