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Broad Comedy: Girl Power in a Time of Need

Broad Comedy: Girl Power in a Time of Need
There’s a fun gang of talented gals cracking up their audiences at Soho Playhouse with Broad Comedy, their politically fueled collection of songs and skits. And if, for some insane reason, you are an #OrangeMonster supporter, a Republican, or a male chauvinist pussy grabber, you probably should stay clear of this very funny show (and you should probably not be reading many of my theatrical reviews either, or come anywhere close to me or these five talented women, for that matter) as this shows jabs at all that political crap that’s been smelling up the air for years now (ever since that awful man descended that escalator). But their agenda is not just limited to the GOP. Their comedy show has bigger goals than just that. The smart and riotous performers Katie Goodman, Danielle Cohn, Molly Kelleher, Tana Sirois, and Carlota Victoria make up this daring crew that take on all topics female beginning with boobs to motherhood and back to the relationship between a penis and a vagina. No holds barred (although I did wonder my Victoria’s boob wasn’t black, but creamy white/pink just like all the others).
Tana Sirois, Carlita Victoria, Danielle Cohn, Brave Audience Member, Molly Kelleher, Katie Goodman. 
check out #KatieGoodman singing “I Didn’t F*ck It Up”
As written and directed by Sonia Kissel and the gloriously gifted Goodman, this sketch comedy troupe casts its net wide and far reaching and generally they catch their prey pretty spot on, especially the quick and shorter songs that hit their target solidly and than end on a jab (“Probably Gay”, “Peeing A Little”, “Coffee in my…”).  The skits do sometimes drag on a bit here and there (“Vaginas Like Us”, “Empty Nest”), but I always found a laugh in there somewhere even during the more ridiculous ones. And there was plenty of brilliantly sharp ones too (“Sorry Babe,..”, “I.C.E. I.C.E. Baby”, “Time to Say Goodbye..”) Each of the ladies gets a chance to showcase their vocal chops proudly and play in the land of social commentary. The writing is sharp and powerfully funny. And in this time of troubling news constantly being tossed our way, some levity and smart humor is exactly the right medicine. And I swear, I Didn’t F*ck It Up, did you?
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My love for theater started when I first got involved in high school plays and children's theatre in London, Ontario, which led me—much to my mother’s chagrin—to study set design, directing, and arts administration at York University in Toronto. But rather than pursuing theater as a career (I did produce and design a wee bit), I became a self-proclaimed theater junkie and life-long supporter. I am not a writer by trade, but I hope to share my views and feelings about this amazing experience we are so lucky to be able to see here in NYC, and in my many trips to London, Enlgand, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, and beyond. Living in London, England from 1985 to 1986, NYC since 1994, and on my numerous theatrical obsessive trips to England, I've seen as much theater as I can possibly afford. I love seeing plays. I love seeing musicals. If I had to choose between a song or a dance, I'd always pick the song. Dance—especially ballet—is pretty and all, but it doesn’t excite me as, say, Sondheim lyrics. But that being said, the dancing in West Side Story is incredible! As it seems you all love a good list, here's two. FAVORITE MUSICALS (in no particular order): Sweeney Todd with Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris in 2005. By far, my most favorite theatrical experience to date. Sunday in the Park with George with Jenna Russell (who made me sob hysterically each and every one of the three times I saw that production in England and here in NYC) in 2008 Spring Awakening with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in 2007 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both off-Boadway in 1998 and on Broadway in 2014, with Neal Patrick Harris, but also with Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell, my first Hedwig and my last...so far), Next To Normal with Alice Ripley (who I wish I had seen in Side Show) in 2009 FAVORITE PLAYS (that’s more difficult—there have been so many and they are all so different): Angels in American, both on Broadway and off Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in 1987 Who's Afraid of Virginai Woolf with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in 2012 Almost everything by Alan Ayckbourn, but especially Woman in Mind with Julia McKenzie in 1986 And to round out the five, maybe Proof with Mary Louise Parker in 2000. But ask me on a different day, and I might give you a different list. These are only ten theatre moments that I will remember for years to come, until I don’t have a memory anymore. There are many more that I didn't or couldn't remember, and I hope a tremendous number more to come. Thanks for reading. And remember: read, like, share, retweet, enjoy. For more go to frontmezzjunkies.com

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