I was sitting in the Eugene O'Neill Theatre last month, watching the Broadway production of Good Vibrations, and I couldn't shake the feeling that I was somewhere else. No, the music of the Beach Boys did not transport me to Southern California. The entire production made me think I was in Las Vegas. Let me explain.
Good Vibrations has the bare bones of a script, a catalog of instantly recognizable songs, and a collection of buff young performers in beachwear. Cut it dow