Those bittergirls are back, still sharp and funny in their denunciations of the men who ditched them and fucked up their lives. Well, maybe the women's romantic dreams had a little bit to do with the fuck-ups, but it's the men who incite their vengeful thoughts. Writer/performers Annabel Griffiths, Alison Lawrence and Mary Francis Moore are the caustically witty women, David Macniven the various weasely, self-serving men who dump them, and the remount venue is the Pilot Tavern's Stealth Lounge.
The club atmosphere gives the show an informal feel and encourages audience interaction. A table of ireful gals who seemed to have gone through similar boyfriend scenarios responded enthusiastically to the characters' angry gibes. A good vicarious therapy session and an even more entertaining hour of acid-tinged comedy. See listings for details.
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One cantankerous guy was demanding his money back at the Acme Miniature Flea Circus last week because he couldn't see the flea. He missed the point of the show. Yeah, we saw evidence that pedigreed flea sisters Midge and Madge were tightrope dancing, chariot racing and being shot out of a cannon through a flaming hoop into their minuscule trailer. But the focus is on huckster/barker/ringmaster Adam G. Gertsacov, who turns the piece into a vaudeville sideshow with his incessant patter, versifying and verbal duels with the audience. He unloaded tiny programs -- and magnifying glasses to read them -- postcards, bumpers stickers and tattoos on a willing audience. You can fool most people some of the time, especially if they want to be fooled. And entertained at the same time.
Works by a pair of Toronto companies are being produced internationally. Modern Times Stage Company is currently at Tehran's Fadjr International Theatre Festival with Macbeth, a 1995 hit here. The blend of Persian theatrical tradition and the Bard -- movement, text and simple staging -- makes for a powerful show. In March, look for Modern Times's new show, Bloom In Thy Spirit.
Dennis Hassell's A Divine Comedy, premiered last spring at Brookstone's Walmer Centre Theatre, is getting a remount at Lamb's Players Theatre in San Diego. One of Brookstone's biggest hits -- it doubled the previous box office record -- the show proved that spirituality and laugh-out-loud comedy aren't antithetical.