Awkward Pauses is a total hoot. Starting off with Evan Baughfman's very funny cosmic death rattle with Mindy Warick and Jerry Chappel strapped in for their ride to hell. Chappell's manic hoots and nervous little boy chops were very funny to watch, and a perfect counterpart to Warick's doubt-filled, mincing ambivalent death wishing. These two were a delicious comic duo.
Then Susan Marlowe and Tony Christopher pulled off the perfect awkard sex-in-the-park pas-de-dieux - funny, effective, physical theater in a wonderful domestic love send-up by Itai Grunfeld.
Funny but a bit less effective was The Middle American. We all probably agree with the sentiments, and the acting was journeymanlike (nice to see Christ cast, discreet & respectful) but ...
the shows were fantastic! I don't remember the last time I laughed so much. I am only sad that I didn't make before the last performance because I can't take more friends to see it again! I mean, what's not to love: a futuristic suicide roller coaster, awkward sex ON STAGE in the dead of winter in a public park, and death by cheeseburgers! (And let's not forget a cameo by Jesus!) So awesome!!...
certified reviewerJune 19, 2013
The first two scenes were decent and entertaining. But, holy crap the third one was awful!
The whole show started off with wonderful acting and a very interesting premise. There was no way you could have expected the first scene to go where it went.
The second is a pretty standard on-the-brink relationship scene, but the dead-pan of the female in a very awkward situation definitely sold it.
Then came the last scene. There's satire, and then there's beating you over the head. When the joke is delivered within the first 20 seconds of a scene, why make it again, and again, and again, and again, and again....so on and so forth. There was literally nothing clever about this last scene. It ruined the entire show. The sum of it is, "Gues...
As anyone who enjoys it knows, dark comedy is hard. Really hard. That's why it's so nice to see a show like Awkward Pauses. They get it, and they pull it off quite well. In fact, over the breezy 45 minutes (or so) running time of these three one acts, I had a great time.
The reason I clicked "liked it" is only because I found the content selection to be a little uneven. Maybe it's because the first two were so sharp, smart, and funny that the bar was just too high, but the third and final piece just didn't do it for me. It didn't feel like it belonged in the same show as the other two, and it pulled me out for the last 15 minutes I spent with the show.
Still, no matter what piece, the actors always committed completely, the set design ...
I always enjoy the productions put on by 3 of a Kind, and this one was no exception. "Awkward Pauses" was sharp, funny, insightful and a great addition to the Hollywood Fringe lineup. Kudos to everyone involved!...
While my overall experience with "...........Awkward Pauses" was an enjoyable one, I found it to be a one hill roller coaster. Let's back up.
"...Awkward Pauses" is broken into 3 one acts.
ACT I TEN MINUTES TO GO
We begin with a look at a futuristic Dr. Kevorkian inspired roller coaster (purely coincidental to my analogy) where riders, aside from the terminally ill and those on death row, can choose to terminate their lives early. While it did touch on God and the great beyond, it was careful not to preach too much and lets the audience enjoy the debate between Theresa and Grant, smartly played by Mindy Warick and Jerry Chappell. They are expertly crafted to be the Ying to other's Yang. Between spurts of banter, the awkward pauses...