I am so happy I saw Artists’ Repertory Theatre’s “Parallel Lives” Friday night. It really made me laugh. A LOT.
“Parellel Lives,” a satirical play by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy, is one of those comedies that you never get bored with. Even if a couple scenes that seemed to drag on a bit too long, such as the cowboy bar, there are these tiny nuggets of genius that bring a smile and chuckle. And in the scenes that were fantastically funny, such as the one about tampons, and incredibly portrayed, like the bathroom grooming scene, you’re sorry to see them end. After 50 minutes of laugh after laugh, I was sorry to see this play end. The sister-woman-sister scene near the end is so over-the-top funny that it reminded of an old-school Saturday Night Live skit.
This comedy pokes fun everything from menstruation to religion and could upset some viewers. The audience Friday night really roared with laughter and the content didn’t seem to bother anyone.
The six actresses that take us through the scenes of coping with everyday life, really nailed the comedic timing. The set was easy to follow. The changes from scene to scene are seamless. The music prompts fit perfectly. There was really very little to quibble about in this production.
If you want hilarious during this Rogue Festival run, go see “Parallel Lives.”
SHOW INFO: x 1 p.m. Sunday, 8:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Severance, 1401 N. Wishon. Admission: $7.