Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Our Show of Shows

Anthony :Lawton, David Jadico, Jenn Childs,David Ingrim

Our Show 0f Shows, the 1812 Productions companion piece to Laughter on the 23rd Floor is playing at Plays and Players Theater, 17th and Delancey Street through May 15, 2011. As some shows have two titles, perhaps this one should as well: Our Show of Shows or Laughter on Delancey Street comes to mind. Thanks to the brilliant creation of Jennifer Childs and the outstanding comedic ensemble of David Ingram, Anthony Lawton, Dave Jadico, and Jennifer Childs aided by guest stars Mike Doherty and Kelly Vrooman, the theatre rollicked with non-stop laughter. Based on the format of Sid Caesar’s original hit 90 minute variety series, this is another 90 minute smash hit. From the opening minutes of the show when Anthony Lawton is “picked” as a reluctant audience member to participate in a special version of This Is Your Life, the audience is hooked.   A technique little used by contemporary comedians but effective none the less is the well paced repetition. The sword fight among Anthony Lawson, Jennifer Childs and Kelly Vrooman is comic not only for the intricate choreography but for Jennifer Child’s repetitive threat of “If you don’t watch out I’ll get your belly.” In another skit, Jennifer shows her agility when she literally becomes as limber as a rag doll after accidently taking 4 vallium. The four men in the cast are surprisingly good as members of a barbershop quartet. To tell what happens each time they sing would certainly spoil the surprise but suffice it to say the audience roared. Don’t miss this show.  It will be one of the best 90 minutes you’ve ever spent! For tickets or more information call 215-592-9560 or visit online at Be sure to check the dates as it is running concurrently with Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

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