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Shakey Must Die
Shakey Must Die, by Raphael Saray, comes across like an edgy Friends episode spiced up with a death wish and toe-sucking.
The apartment-sharing harmony of 20-somethings Frank, Ophelia and Crystal is spoiled by the arrival of the title character, a loud, obnoxious dirtbag who might be faking Alzheimer’s disease.
He becomes so insufferable that even the schlubby nice guy Frank and graduate student Ophelia agree that Crystal’s new boyfriend has to go. Why such an extreme measure is called for — even if he did use Frank’s Billy Joel concert tickets in which to roll his weed — is not explained in the 45-minute sitcom that is interspersed with snippets of Joel’s songs.
The cast is convincing and much of the humour comes the quirkiness of Frank (played by Peabody Finklestein), who has a ritual for preparing Ophelia’s toes for his special attention, and Bonnie (Jenna Hill), a nerdy co-worker who has a serious thing for Andrew Dice Clay. It’s all harmless fun.
— Kevin Prokosh
From the Fringe program:
You're not supposed to do that! Billy Joel isn't cool! Keep your shoes on! Smile more! And for goodness sake you can't say that about...that!
Miracle Violence Connection brings you an original play that directly and charmingly challenges social etiquette. We invite you to Frank's apartment where he lives with two female roommates. He also must contend with that pesky girl who doesn't smile and the perplexing Shakey. Enjoy as his existence spirals out of control. Let's get into some trouble.
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 45 mins.
Updated on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM CDT: