Everything you need to know about Dale Watts’ FourPlay can be gleaned from its title: pun-happy dad jokes abound in this hit-and-miss collection of four short plays.
The first three are almost identical in tone and pace. Hot Air and Cold Tofu has a cable-TV reporter (Arden Pruden) trying to get a usable quote from an eccentric environmentalist (Dave Pruden). Reading Between the Lies sees a double-speaking politician (Dave) go toe-to-toe with a left-wing activist (Jennifer Quinn) at a university forum. In His Next Failed Marriage, a thick-skulled chauvinist (Dave) seeks council from a bartender (Quinn). In all three, the woman is forced to patiently teach the man a Very Special Lesson about being a decent human being in exchanges that are more trying than funny.
The final sketch, however, is downright heartwarming. In ‘Til Deaf Do us Part (groan) Watts and Quinn play an elderly couple who are a little hard of hearing. But underneath the tired, misheard gags is a sweet little rumination on getting older and the tough choices that come along with it.
— Jen Zoratti