“Oh my Goodness, I had so much fun at this show... I cried because I was laughing so hard... We went through 30 pairs of socks in the first little ten-minute solo show... so satisfying.”
“If you can get a ticket to this, you won’t be disappointed... a must-see.... just go, get there!”
- Sara Fenton, See It Or Skip It LA
Only 4 shows left (2 per lineup)
Reviewed by Terry Morgan
Sacred Fools Theatre, Second Stage
Through June 24
The redoubtable Burglars of Hamm have revived their parody of one-person shows, and it’s about the most fun one can have in the theatre. The concept is simple: four short solo shows are performed in the course of an hour, and the audience is encouraged to throw balled-up socks at the performers when it is offended by anything. This year there are two separate programs to attend — “The Women’s March,” performed by women or “America First,” performed by men. This is a review of the latter.
Hugo Armstrong is blissfully cornball in Jon Beauregard’s “Keep on Truckin’,” a shameless paean to the glories of driving trucks in America. The character goes on about how his truck horn is “the sound of freedom,” and rhapsodizes about how the Grand Tetons are really “the big titties” — then steals the show with a ridiculously long slow-motion crash sequence.
Albert Dayan is wonderfully loathsome in his own “Pride and Prejudice,” in which an investment banker rails against the difficulties white males have to face. It’s a piece exquisitely calibrated to incite a tsunami of socks from the crowd, particularly in a moment where he instructs all the women to leave the room and just go to the bathroom together or something.
Jon Beauregard is amusing if not quite despicable as Clark Gable in Carolyn Almos’ “Frankly My Dear” — which seems more of a gentle teasing of the Gable persona than a slam of celebrity bio shows. The program ends strong with Scott Golden in Matt Almos’s flamboyant “Town Hall,” in which a politician eschews answering his constituents’ questions and instead performs a conservative musical in bright red tights. Obamacare, the Wall and the giant disembodied head of Anderson Cooper make memorable appearances.
This show would be fun even if it were bad, but the writing is pointed and the performances are excellent. This is a genuinely hilarious production, and a Fringe must-see.
From Tracy Paleo at Gia On The Move:
The most fun you will have at Fringe this year! Hugo Armstrong, Albert Dayan, Jon Beauregard, and Scott Golden, cross every possible line of stupidity, racial discrimination, insensitivity and political disgust in 4 truly outrageous America First inspired shorts. So creatively absurd is the comedy and so galvanizing is the writing, directing and performances (in collaboration with the Burglars of Hamm), you may be in jeopardy of spending an entire pay day check on socks! (Which FYI are sold in between each short).
EASY TARGETS invites the audience to watch horrible one-person shows while pummeling performers with rolled up socks. Ever had to sit through a friend's not-so-gripping account of their difficult childhood? Ever been lectured to by a poorly acted historical figure in a fake beard? Ever sat in an audience wondering "How the hell did this happen?" Well EASY TARGETS is your chance to fight back! Pieces like "Greatest Love of All", "I Feel Pretty", and the mime-extravaganza "Daughter of the Moon", will keep you furious and engaged. And two completely different lineups - AMERICA FIRST and WOMEN'S MARCH - will allow those of you with rage issues to return a second time to punish all new shows. Opens Sat, June 3.
Tickets and info HERE.
Two more pieces to announce which we will be gracing the Fringe stages with this year!
First up is "Daughter of the Moon" -- Tegan Ashton Cohan performs a stirring feminist manifesto revealed through the universally beloved art of avant-garde clowning. A very provocative piece for our Women's March.
Next up, Burglar Albert Dayan brings his very powerful "Pride and Prejudice" to our America First! show. He provides the audience a window into one man's fight for tolerance and understanding that is both illuminating and moronic.
Only a week and a half remain to grab tickets HERE before the prices rise and the perks disappear like socks in a summer storm.
Check out our schedule-
Saturday 6/3 @ 6:30 pm (preview) - AMERICA FIRST
Friday 6/9 @ 8:00 pm - AMERICA FIRST
Friday 6/9 @ 11:00 pm - WOMEN’S MARCH
Saturday 6/10 @ 8:30 pm - WOMEN’S MARCH
Sunday 6/11 @ 6:00 pm - AMERICA FIRST
Friday 6/16 @ 8:00 pm - WOMEN’S MARCH
Friday 6/16 @ 11:00 pm - AMERICA FIRST
Saturday 6/17 @ 10:00 pm - AMERICA FIRST
Saturday 6/24 @ 10:00 pm - WOMEN’S MARCH
Yes, it's true! Easy Targets, the solo show that lets you throw, will return in June for a short run of performances in the Hollywood Fringe. Infuriating pieces like I Feel Pretty, Keep on Truckin', and Albert Dayan IS The Rat Pack will send you home with a sore shoulder and a fulfilling sense of vindication. More info as we head towards summer. In the meantime, be sure to PRE-ORDER TICKETS at the gofundme site created by our producers. Lots of fun perks there, including the chance to speak to the audience for 30 seconds while they pelt you with socks!
Last night The Behavior of Broadus took home 2 Ovation Awards, one for for Best Original Book of a Musical and the other for Best Music/Lyrics for a Musical (with Brendan Milburn). Such an exciting night!
The Burglars are pleased as punch that our 2014 production of The Behavior of Broadus has been nominated for NINE Ovation Awards! Many thanks to everyone who voted and to our wonderful producing partners Sacred Fools and associate producers Center Theatre Group. Categories include:
Production of a Musical in Intimate Theater
Acting Ensemble of a Musical
Book of a World Premiere Musical
Lyrics/Composition of a World Premiere Musical
Direction of a Musical
Costume Design in Intimate Theater
Lead Actor in a Musical
This year's ceremony will be held at the Ahmanson Theatre on Monday, November 9. Tickets are now on sale, and full information can be found on OvationAwards.com.
Hey, there is a very cool show happening August 31, 2015 in LA, that our pal and BEHAVIOR OF BROADUS co-director and choreographer, Ken Roht, created with our pal and BROADUS musical director John Ballinger! And it has lots of BROADUS cast members in it too. And it's lots of fun. Treat yourself to some entertainment and help the show get to New York. Go to Orphean Circus for info and tix.