TONY FRANKELstage and cinema/bitter lemonscertified reviewerJune 22, 2011
Tony Frankel, theatre critic for Stage and Cinema here.
Back in the 90s, there was a very successful musical entitled NO MINIMUM, in which two actors spoofed lounge acts with such sincerity and restrained zaniness that we actually believed these acts to be real.
At this year's Hollywood Fringe, MARTINI AND OLIVE (played by Michael Halpin and Judy Heneghan) is an over-the-top lounge act that celebrates the silly over the authentic. Although there are moments of truly inspired lunacy (such as the Swizzle Stick Dancers' POPCORN number), the clearly rehearsed mistakes, pratfalls and asides verged on the inane. As such, it felt like a Saturday Night Live sketch that wore out its welcome. Of course, there was remarkable talent on board: clev...
You'd have to be comatose to watch this show and not have pains in your sides from laughing so hard. The duo reminds me of Cheri Oeri and Will Farrel's cheerleading pair on Saturday Night Live, only done better. I grew up watching the male/female duos of the 70's and they are laughable. Martini and Olive have it pegged....