Fringe review: Carpe Into My DMs

Sketch show features sharp writing and some lively acting, but many scenes lack satisfying endings

CARPE INTO MY DMS by the company (We Are Sports/Fringe). At the Al Green Theatre. Jul 10 at 8:30 pm, Jul 12 at 1 pm, Jul 13 at 4 pm. See listing. Rating: NNN

There’s lots of sharp writing and some lively acting in the sketch revue Carpe Into My DMs, even if not every sketch lands. 

The cavernous Al Green Theatre – with its huge gap between audience and stage – isn’t the most intimate venue for sketch, particularly for a troupe like this that has perhaps four too many members (there’s little chance for individual personalities to emerge, and the level of performance is uneven).

That said, there are plenty of polished scenes. One satirizes the extremes of the shared economy. Another takes a corporate team-building exercise to absurd lengths. And a sketch about racism in Niagara-on-the-Lake is right on point.

As with many newish troupes, several sketches begin well then don’t know how to end. But there are enough off-kilter observations – and fresh line readings by Cihang Ma, Danny Avila, Lauren Greenwood and Renée Strasfeld – to give this show, directed by Second City alum Alastair Forbes, a recommendation.

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