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Entries in Comedy (22)

Friday
Aug182017

Adam's Call: The Government Inspector: Funniest Show Off-Broadway

There are just four chances left to see, Red Bull Theater's The Government Inspector, the funniest show Off-Broadway! I have seen this show twice and was doubled over in laughter both times. The Government Inspector is about the crooked leadership of a provincial village who discovers that an undercover inspector is coming to root out their commonplace corruption (where is this Government Inspector for you know who). When the town learns of his impending arrival, they weave together a web of bribery, lies, and utter madness.

While I'll highlight each person's brilliance below, this show is truly an ensemble production! Everyone is given their moment to take the lead, but it's their combined talents that really make the laughter ensue!

Mary Testa, Michael McGrath, Michael Urie, and Talene Monahon in "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggMichael Urie and Arnie Burton in "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggMichael Urie's physical comedy in this show reminds me of Chevy Chase in the heyday of Saturday Night Live. Michael is a comedic genius as is the rest of the cast, getting the laugh every time! Mary Testa ("Anna Andreyevna") takes the spotlight whenever she is on stage, with a delivery like no one else can do! Arnie Burton steals every scene he is in, jumping between his two roles effortlessly! Arnie gives such distinction to each character, that often times, I had to remind myself, that the same actor was playing both roles.

Ryan Garbayo, Michael Urie, and Ben Mehl in "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggThe cast of "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggMichael McGrath kicks the laughter off from the minute the curtain rises. He is hilarious as "The Mayor." Ryan Garbayo and Ben Mehl are perfectly cast as twin brothers "Bobchinsky" & "Dobchinsky." They took me back to the 80s cartoon G.I. Joe when the "Crimson Guard Commanders ("Tomax" and "Xamot") were on the show...while each one posesses their own talents and traits, together, they are a winning team! Stephen DeRosa had me in stitches as the "Hospital Director" while Kelly Hutchinson had me peeing in my pants in the role of "Innkeeper's Wife." Her accents, facial expressions, all won me over. David Manis ("School Principal"), Luis Moreno ("Svetsunov"/"Imperial Messenger"), James Rana ("Doctor"), and Tom Alan Robbins ("The Judge") keep the laughter going, often in scenes together, they played off of each other very well.

Kelly Hutchinson, Stephen DeRosa, David Manis, Michael Urie, Tom Alan Robbins, and Mary Lou Rosato in "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggMichael McGrath, Mary Testa, and Talene Monahon in "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggLet's not forget Mary Lou Rosato ("Grusha"/"Locksmith's Wife"/"Waitress"). She killed each role she played! I thought I was going to have a permanent smile imprinted on my face from the amount of laughter she provided me. She really knows how to make each character their own landing the joke at just the right moment. Saving the best for last is Talene Monahon. She is great as "Marya," the daughter of "The Mayor" and "Anna Andreyevna." Her character's traits of defiance, yearning to get away from her family, and longing to win over the heart of Michael Urie's "Hlestakov" had all the ingredients of Winona Ryder's character in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice that I adored! Talene tackled each of these moments with raw emotion and ease. If Beetlejuice were to be re-done, she would be the ideal choice for "Lydia."

Talene Monahon and Michael Urie in "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggArnie Burton, Mary Lou Rosato, Mary Testa in "The Government Inspector", Photo Credit: Carol RoseggFor a show written in the 1800s, it sure stands the test of time. I have been recommending this show to everyone I can. In these trying times, laughter is so important. The Government Inspector will make you laugh more than you know! So, treat yourself this weekend to the funniest show Off-Broadway!

The Government Inspector plays at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) through August 20 only! Click here for tickets!

For more on Red Bull Theater be sure to visit http://www.redbulltheater.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Tuesday
Aug022016

Adam's Call: Joel Creasey: A Comedy Legend in the Making

Call Me Adam and Joel Creasey at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYCLast November I saw a comedian whose name will be, if not already, on everybody's lips. That comedian was Joel Creasey! After interviewing Joel for "Call Me Adam," I had been hoping I'd get to see his show while he was in town. Well, as it turns out, I did get to see his show and I can flat out say, Joel Creasey is going to have a long comedy career!

His comedy style was fresh. He told stories about life in Australia, his time on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, opening for Joan Rivers, and his various dating adventures. While many comedians tell life stories, Joel had an ease to his style and delivery, not often seen with other comedians. Joel was engaging and had no difficulty putting smiles on our faces.

Joel Creasey, Photo Credit: Ed PurnomoJoel Creasey, Photo Credit: Ed PurnomoI could identify a lot with his dating woes. One of my favorite tales Joel talked about was his time on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Joel may have simply recounted the crazy events that happened on I'm A Celebrity, but the way he presented the events (like having to live with The Brady Bunch's Maureen McCormmick), he engulfed the audience, had us in the palm of his hands, and made us laugh so hard. My other favorite story Joel told was that of opening for Joan Rivers. I think this was favorite story because he showed a different side of Joan that not everyone got to see. He really described how Joan payed it forward with Joel, giving him some great advice about performing. It's advice he never forgot.

Joel CreaseyJoel's fresh take on life experiences was a welcomed addition to the world of comedy. It was great to see a comedian breathe new life into a performance genre that can sometimes blend together between comics. If you missed Joel last year, now is your chance to see this hilarious, bright, comedy legend in the making when he returns to The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue inside the West Bank Cafe) with a new show playing August 4, 5, and 6th at 7pm! Click here for tickets!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Thursday
Sep242015

Adam's Call: Dina Martina: Flat & Lacking: Full of Life

Dina Martina is unlike any performer you've seen! Her shows are hard to describe, but one thing is for sure, when you attend a Dina Martina show, you will laugh and leave with a smile on your face! Dina's dark humor is not for everyone, but if you are open to going places that you wonder if it's okay to laugh, then Dina Martina is the perfect show for you to attend! With a mixture of songs and stories, Dina entertains like no other!

Paul C. Focazio, Dina Martina, and Call Me AdamHer latest show, Flat & Lacking, at The Laurie Beechman Theatre is anything but! It's actually full of life! Dina tells new stories about her showbusiness days from the glamourous lights of Las Vegas to summer nights in Provincetown to the Emerald City itself, her hometown of Seattle. What's great about these stories is that you never know who she is going to talk about. Dina is also big on charity work. I love hearing about all the causes that are near and dear and far from Dina's heart. And when Dina is not talking about her life, she's entertaining the crowd with a well known song that is sometimes rewritten in a way only Dina can write...dark and funny!

Dina Martina, Photo Credit: David BelisleDina is not one to shy away from making fun of herself. She is the first person to be in on the joke and that includes her costumes too. She wears the wildest outfits that only Dina Martina can wear! Whether they accentuate her frontside or backside, no one can match Dina Martina's "fashion" sense. And it's her clothes that add to her humor!

I have been seeing Dina Martina for 10 years now and let me tell you, each show gets funnier and funnier! I could easily see each show twice. Dina has so many hidden gems that one viewing is never enough! So, if you are looking to take things to the next level, check out Dina Martina Flat & Lacking at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC through September 27! (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue inside the West Bank Cafe) Click here for tickets!

If you missed my interview with Dina about Flat & Lacking, click here to read it!

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!

Friday
Aug162013

Adam's Call: Review of Varla Jean Merman's Twice Upon a Mattress: Will My Prince Ever Come at Provincetown's Art House Theatre: Comedic Insight into Finding Your Place in the World

Varla Jean Merman in "Twice Upon A Mattress...Will My Prince Ever Come" at the Art House in Provincetown, MA 2013The Art House is another great spot in Provincetown for shows. From Broadway performers to drag shows, The Art House is lighting up the town with delight!

On this trip, I took in Varla Jean Merman's newest show Twice Upon A Mattress...Will My Prince Ever Come? In this hilarious look at princesses of a certain famous children's brand, Varla Jean Merman scored big with songs and comedic moments. She looked deep behind these woman with humor and insight into how each princess waits for her prince to come. Throughout this show, Varla uses the various princesses to help her find her place in the world, something we are all looking for, of which, some of us have found. It's quite interesting to watch Varla's journey to figure out where she belongs.

Varla's take on popular songs of this famous children's brand is quite enjoyable. She hit all the right notes with her parodies. Her comedic timing is hilarious! Varla plays with and off of the audience very well, making everyone feel as though they are part of the show.

Adam Rothenberg, Varla Jean Merman, Paul C. Focazio after "Twice Upon A Mattress...Will My Prince Ever Come" at the Art House in Provincetown, MAIf you are looking for your place in this world, come feel the love of Varla Jean Merman's Twice Upon A Mattress...Will My Prince Ever Come? at the Art House in Provincetown, MA (214 Commercial Street) through August 31. Click here for tickets!

For more on Varla be sure to visit http://www.varlajeanmerman.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

Monday
Aug122013

Adam's Call: Review of Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made In China: Energetic and Lively

Adam Rothenberg, Miss Richfield 1981, Paul C. Focazio after "Miss Richfield 1981: Sweet & Sour: Made in China" at The Crown & Anchor's Paramount in Provincetown, MAThe Crown & Anchor is on fire with shows in Provincetown, MA! For a second night in a row, I took in another one of their sold-out shows, Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made in China. This energetic and lively show is fueled by the talents of the extremely talented Miss Richfield 1981. With strong comedic timing and powerful vocals, Miss Richfield engulfed the crowd from the moment she entered the room.

Detailing her possible exit of the United States, Miss Richfield takes the audience around the world with songs, games, and lots of comedy. Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made in China is another show for those who can handle off-beat and darker comedy. Miss Richfield has found a humorous way to make fun of everyone.

My favorite part of Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made in China was her interaction with the audience, which happened throughout the whole show. Miss Richfield was fast on her feet with quick wit comebacks when playing with the crowd. She got the laugh every time she spoke with someone. It takes a real talent to get that kind of reaction.

The other aspect of Miss Richfield's show that I loved was when she sang. Miss Richfield's vocals are unreal...big, powerful, and controlled. When she sang, the sold-out crowd listened! I've seen many drag shows in my lifetime and while many of them are great singers, I haven't heard anyone quite like Miss Richfield. Hearing her sing, made me want her to do a whole show of songs. Maybe somewhere down the line she will or will release an album of her songs. That would be terrific!

Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made In China, plays at The Crown & Anchor's Paramount. The room is huge, at least double the size of Crown Cabaret. Miss Richfield filled it to capacity. I loved the set up of this room because it felt like an intimate, yet grand concert room. The Paramount fit perfectly to the style of Miss Richfield's show. 

If you are looking to see a very dynamic performer, with excellent comedic skills and a fantastic singing voice then I highly suggest checking out Miss Richfield 1981 Sweet & Sour Made in China at The Crown & Anchor: Paramount in Provincetown, MA (247 Commerical Street). She plays through September 21. Click here for tickets!

For more on Miss Richfield 1981 be sure to check out http://missrichfield.wordpress.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

 

That's Adam's Call and I Stand For Entertainment!