“Laughter on the 23rd Floor” at Little Fish Theatre

Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows remains to this day one of the very greatest of all television comedy. Put it right up there with The Carol Burnett Show, both sketch comedy par excellence and gut-bustingly funny. Caesar had a legendary crew of writers—Larry Gelbert, Carl Reiner, Mel Tolkin, Sheldon Keller, Lucille Kallen, Selma Diamond, … Continue reading “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” at Little Fish Theatre

“A Very Special Holiday Special!” at Little Fish Theatre

The holidays are inexorably upon us with their inevitable good cheer, exhortations to spend copiously on food and gifts and the annual plethora of holiday entertainments on stages and screens, replete with ho-hos and bah-humbugs. Little Fish Theatre has taken a clever path with A Very Special Holiday Special!, an evening (or matinée) of short … Continue reading “A Very Special Holiday Special!” at Little Fish Theatre

“The How and the Why” at Little Fish Theatre

The secrets in Sarah Treem’s intriguing intellectual drama, The How and the Why, reveal themselves with tantalizing slowness. Into the office of an academic busy at her work, a young woman enters softly, tentatively. We eventually learn that her name is Rachel (Natalie Beisner), and the academic is Zelda (Mary Wickliffe), an evolutionary biologist. It … Continue reading “The How and the Why” at Little Fish Theatre

“Rapture, Blister, Burn” at Little Fish Theatre

Playwright Gina Gionfriddo makes feminist theory dramatic in her cunningly titled play, Rapture, Blister, Burn, now running at Little Fish Theatre. Smart people with the not-terribly-unusual angst of modern-day, everyday life, deal with regret, ennui, alcoholism and desire couched in terms of the ancient conundrum of gender, its dynamics, expectations and reality. Three college chums … Continue reading “Rapture, Blister, Burn” at Little Fish Theatre