**** Highly Recommended **** The Second City’s 110th Mainstage Revue, Do the Right Thing, No Worries If Not is downright hilarious. Everywhere I looked, the folks in the audience were laughing – not polite little titters, either – I’m talking guffaws! Unlike recent revues, this one isn’t angry or political or even newsy – although there was one funny sketch about doddering senior citizens which ended with the zinger – do we really want to elect these guys? I haven’t laughed so much in years! 4 BIG Spotlights
The cast of six, Andy Bolduc, E.J. Cameron, Kiley Fitzgerald, Claire McFadden, Evan Mills, and Julia Morales, wrote as well as performed all the black-outs, silly sketches, improv, tongue-in-cheek commentary, satire and slapstick comedy. This cast really relates to the audience, too, involving individuals in sketches, asking for questions, inviting comments. Finally, this cast can laugh at themselves – as they did a couple of times during the performance.
Kiley Fitzgerald, E.J. Cameron, Claire McFadden, Evan Mills, Julia Morales and Andy Bolduc.
My favorite parts of Do the Right Thing, No Worries If Not:
- BlackBusta Video – Cameron and Morales will substitute a similar-themed title from their huge selection of black-themed videos, at least until Legally Blonde is requested. It turns out that blacks love to “bend and snap”
Evan Mills, Julia Morales and E.J. Cameron 'bend and snap'
- Evan Mills, who describes himself as “ethnically ambiguous to the untrained eye’ has a song in which he asks the audience to “Raise your hand if…” The questions are fairly ambiguous, but the audience really responds.
- The ultrasound – the doctor (McFadden) tells Cameron and Morales that everything looks good in the ultrasound, but if they want more in-depth information, there is another option. She can shrink herself into a teeny tiny person and swim in there to check it out.
- A janitor is cleaning while several kids are in detention. Mr. Harddick, who says he’s sensitive because his first name is Harry, warns the students no to piss him off. When a note passed along the line is handed to an audience member, A.J., Mr. H. orders him to read it out loud. Repeat and pass to Claire.
- Mom and Dad call a family meeting to announce they’re not getting a divorce and answer questions from the family (audience). One of the funniest – someone asked them why they’re fight about Aunt Margie. The answers – whether to bury her in the back yard or give her a Viking funeral
- A theater company is rehearsing Hamlet when robbers demand money. A master of stage fighting (Bolduc) takes them on, whirling and kicking, knocking them down without touching them. He’s on the run for accidentally beheading Shrek
- Fitzgerald as a dinosaur gynecologist
- The ding of a bell in Cameron’s hands means the performer must restate his line in a new way – over and over again.
Evan Mills, Julia Morales, Andy Bolduc, Kiley Fitzgerald, Claire McFadden and E.J. Cameron
The Second City’s 110th Mainstage Revue, Do the Right Thing, No Worries If Not, is in an open run at The Second City Mainstage Theatre, 1616 N. Wells Street, Chicago. Parking in the adjacent garage is readily available but pricey. Bar-food and drinks are available throughout the performance. Running time is just about two hours, with an intermission. Performances are Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:00, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 and 10:00 pm. Tickets range from $20-$87. FYI (312) 337-3992 or www.secondcity.com.