There are a pair of gems in this quartet of comedy sketches from local playwright Dale Watts (Hide and Go Creak, 2009). Namely, veteran fringer Dave Pruden and novice Bluma Levine. She’s a natural, he’s naturally funny and the material rises to meet them in the final act, when they have their lawyers negotiate ground rules for a first date.
But earlier sketches are marred by Jewish stereotypes and inane dialogue. A Jewish salesman peddles papyrus; a dumb hip-hop Romeo and dumber Valspeak-spouting Juliet trade insipid lines in Judge Judy’s court. And a terminally stupid couple visit Sigmund Freud. A running gag about a philanderer almost redeems that sketch. Alas, it’s close, but no cigar.
— Pat St. Germain
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
Four short comedies:
- Herschel helps Moses lighten the Ten Commandments tablets in Herschel's Big Sale,
- Judge Janey hammers Julio while Ronabette whines in Julio and Ronabette,
- Sigmund Freud practices psychotherapy with a confused couple in Sibling Ribaldry, and
- Seniors Harlon and Ariana negotiate a first date, with help from Steve and Julia, in The Good Old Days.
Warnings: Subject Matter,
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Son of Warehouse (Venue 5), to Saturday
Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees, Students, Seniors
Under 13 not admitted.