Jesus Limon, left, is the evil pirate, and James Gooden one of his goofy sidekicks in The Great American Playhouse's production of "Booty Island 3-D."

Photos by A.E. Araiza/ Arizona Daily Star

Here's a reason to love shows about pirates: They just beg for bad puns.

And The Great American Playhouse's "Booty Island 3-D" is no exception.

Case in point: "Arghhhbee's" is where to go for fast food. I won't go on.

The bad puns start even before the play: The director and playwright Nick Seivert interrupts the pre-show music to say the lights were left on a car with the license plate "r r r r...." He was practically (and playfully) booed off the stage, and rightfully so.nick seivert

There are many reasons to catch this ridiculous fun-fest. Some of them:

• The heros are heroines. No damsel in distress here — just a trio of women — they call themselves the "Sisterhood of Sirens" — who are trying to keep the bad-guy pirates from invading their beloved island and stealing its booty.

• The voices are sublime. The Sisterhood is made up of Jodi Darling, Colleen Zandbergen and Jacinda Rose Swinehart, all with voices that soar when they sing. Their acting chops ain't bad, either.

• The men impressed, too: Jesus Limon was a bumbling Captain Hazard; Sean MacArthur's pirate, Lucky Pierre, sported a French accent with his pirate's swagger; James Gooden took every opportunity to step into the limelight for a quick laugh; Seivert, playing the director stepping in for an ailing pirate named, natch Argh, was a complete hoot, and Keenan Odenkirk, a senior at Ironwood Ridge High School, played Tommy, the only good guy in the show, had the right stuff as a singer and actor.

• Michael Padilla is a dream of a pianist. He does pre- and post-show music and accompanies the performers and makes it look like a breeze. We call him Magic Michael because those fingers glide so magically over the keys.

• It's fun. Silly storyline, actors who clearly love what they are doing, and those gloriously bad puns. The laughs are easy and hearty.

Contact reporter Kathleen Allen at or 573-4128.