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Meanwhile, Back at the Super Lair

ensemble theatre · the new american theatre · Ages 13+ · United States of America

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Review by RUSSELL EATON

June 15, 2018 original article
tagged as: comedy · super heroes · silly

What I liked

There are messages here, but the emphasis is on the jokes, so nothing seems heavy handed. The superheroes are larger-than-life versions of people we probably have in our lives already. Normal human faults, quirks and desires complicate everything. In the end, perhaps if we just manage a little honesty with those important to us, the world could be a better place. There are cliches here, but they are used to be an “easy in” for the audience to get to the jokes quickly and to reveal a bit of a message or two underneath.

What I didn't like

The performances are broad, but sometimes it felt like the were playing too heavily for the laugh, rather than creating honest characters and letting the comedy come from character. It’s a minor quibble, the audience I was with laughed big and often.

My overall impression

A broad comedy that milks the ridiculous concept for big laughs, this show manages to make some sharp observations about romance and commitment. Four super-heroes share an apartment in a city where there is no crime. How do you fill the days?

Taking cues from sketch comedy, farce and a bit of Abbott and Costello style verbal antics, the emphasis is on jokes and goofiness.

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