Thursday, May 1, 2014

This Is The Week That Is: The Musical!

Scott Greer,Jennifer Childs, Alex Bechtel
1812 Productions, Philadelphia’s only all comedy theatre company,  is presenting its eighth annual political comedy This Is The Week That Is performed at Plays and Players Theater, 17th and Delancey Streets through June 1. This Is The Week That Is: The Musical! is the wittiest and most outrageous iteration of the show to date. Artistic Director Jennifer Childs frequently begins the show with some type of pitch to the audience, but when Scott Greer  enters the stage dressed as a Government official to speak about O’Drama Care which is forcing everyone to become theatre subscribers, the audience is in an uproar. And this is only the first three minutes of the show!  “This is not a musical!” exclaims Jen. “I have too many political issues to discuss,” but with what appears to be only a little prodding from Alex Bechtel at the piano, she, too, begins to sing.  Political humor is as up-to-date as today’s headlines. This show will have you falling out of your seat with laughter.  The ensemble cast of Jen Childs, Scott Greer, David Jadico, Aime Donna Kelly and Alex Bechtel do an extraordinary job with comedic presentation, singing, zany  humor, and rapid fire exchanges. To see Jen Childs once, is to adore this fabulously talented comedienne.  Imagine seeing her as Hillary singing, “I’m Still Here,” as Chris Christie in the skit “:Will the REAL Chris Christie please stand”, as a member of the Rydells, and as “Patsy from the stoop” all in one show! There is ever so much more to the show... three chances for audience participation, a riff on Disney and Putin, puppets from Avenue O, and an up-to-date news broadcast from the news desk. This is a show that you just can’t miss. It is scheduled to play through June 1.  Each night will be slightly different as new headlines appear every day but no matter what  changes appear, this show is a sure-fire winner.  For tickets or more information, call 215-592-9560 or visit online at

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