If comedy is tragedy plus time, the Second City 's latest sketch revue, Armaget-It-On! could be the best in years. After all, the troupe has SARS, blackouts, Mad Cow, West Nile and oh yeah, a teeny-tiny little drawn-out war to draw on for its 54th show. How's that for material?
As good as it was, SC's last show, The Bush League Of Justice, felt like a transition piece.
This show should be more organic. Joining Matt Baram , Paul Constable , Jennifer Goodhue and Sandy Jobin-Bevans are new cast members Naomi Snieckus (one of the strongest performers from the SC touring company) and Jamillah Ross (who's making history as the first African-Canadian troupe member to write and perform in a mainstage show).
Second city alum/producer Steven Morel directs. Armaget-It-On! is in previews and opens Wednesday (October 1). 416-343-0011.
Fumbling with Findley
It's great that the CBC decided to capture the late Timothy Findley 's Stratford hit Elizabeth Rex on camera. Too bad the job got botched. But we do get the work of Diane D'Aquila as Elizabeth I, mourning the imminent death of the Earl of Essex, the lover she's sent to the Tower for sedition, and Brent Carver as Ned Lowenscroft, Shakespeare's star performer of female roles, who's dying of syphilis. Their confrontations make for electric theatre.
The show airs on CBC-TV tonight (Thursday, September 25) at 8 pm.