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Review: Drunk and Ready (Redtwist Theatre)

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Review: Drunk and Ready (Redtwist Theatre)   
  
Drunk and Ready

Written by Scott Woldman
Directed by Michael Osinski 
Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr (map)
thru Sept 7  |  tickets: $15   |  more info
  
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No amount of drunkenness prepares you for a dramedy this tiresome

     

Review: Drunk and Ready (Redtwist Theatre)

  

Redtwist Theatre presents

  

Drunk and Ready

Review by Clint May 

About 40 minutes into Drunk and Ready, there’s an excruciatingly long montage of men delivering one-liners to an attractive woman at a bar. As I watched her endure strings of pick up groaners in rapid succession (“Nice legs. What time do they open?”), I realized that the exasperated, faraway look upon her face was in fact my own. That was me. I was on a bad date with this production. Wishing I was somewhere else. Turns out, the title was in fact instructional. To be ready to view this, one must be drunk. Unfortunately, I’d have had to drink to Mel Gibsonian proportions to endure this hackneyed farce*. But I wouldn’t be able to—my liver just couldn’t take it.

Review: Drunk and Ready (Redtwist Theatre)
Part of Redtwist’s new Dark Red Series of late-night productions (this is the “Luv Cycle”—that’s right, with a ‘u’), Drunk and Ready tries to be a drama, a comedy, and maybe even a morality tale.

Finally ready to step out (so it would seem) on the town one year after her fiancé was killed by an ice cream truck, Kimberley (Amy Rapp) reunites with two close friends at a local club to drink it up. There’s Courtney (Elizabeth Argus), the manic sweet one and Liz (Allison Estep), the sardonic vivacious one. Though her friends think she’s ready to at least talk to a guy (if not more), that idea is quickly shot down as a parade of endless male caricatures demonstrate absolutely nothing funny—or even insightful for that matter.

It’s not for lack of trying almost everything (‘subtly’ and ‘good timing’ was left off the list). Playwright Scott Woldman trots out scatalogy (lots of it), profanity, slapstick, stereotypes, etc. at intense volumes in an attempt to garner a guffaw. I’ve never been able to make it through an episode of “Two and a Half Men”, but I have to imagine this is the kind of puerile humor that makes it the source of such derision. These people are so unlikable, their motives so inscrutable, that trying to turn their situation into something sympathetic feels aggressively artificial. Add tonal shifts from dark drama (death, adultery, fetishism, alcoholism) to broad humor to a little ‘closing time’ sermonizing from the waiter ‘Hot Pants’ (Jason Rohn), and you might just feel your head spinning like you had one too many.

Review: Drunk and Ready (Redtwist Theatre)

The opening scene introduces the kind of friend who doesn’t feel terribly bad about making light of Kim’s dead fiancé, and ends with a twist so bizarre it’s sickening and more than a little insulting. At this point I’ve officially given more thought to this show then a date this schizophrenic deserves, so I’m going to abruptly make up an excuse about feeding my cat**, go home, and eat some Ben & Jerrys. Maybe a little nip of the good stuff wouldn’t hurt either.

*not to be confused with a real farce.

**I don’t own a cat.

  

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Drunk and Ready continues through September 7th at Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr (map), with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30pm.  Tickets are $15, and are available by phone (773-728-7529) or online through BuzzOnStage.com (check for half-price tickets at Goldstar.com). More information at Redtwist.org.  (Running time: 65 minutes, NO intermission. BYOB)

Review: Drunk and Ready (Redtwist Theatre)
Review: Drunk and Ready (Redtwist Theatre)

Review: Drunk and Ready (Redtwist Theatre)
Review: Drunk and Ready (Redtwist Theatre)

Photos by Jan Ellen Graves


     

artists

cast

Elizabeth Argus (Courtney), Matt Babbs (Tim, Ryan, Steven), Allison Estep (Liz), Chris Petlak (Donald, David, Adam), Amy Rapp (Kimberley), Giuseppe A. Ribaudo (Male Ensemble), Jason Rohn (Hot Pants)

behind the scenes

Michael Osinski (director), Allison Queen (stage manager), Garvin Jellison (lighting design), Daniel Carlyon (sound design), Olivia Leah Baker (costume design), Jessie Chappe (casting director), Charles Bonilla (box office manager), E. Malcolm Martinez (box office associate), Johnny Garcia (box office associate, associate producer), Jan Ellen Graves (graphic design, marketing, photos, producer), Michael Colucci (producer)

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