This likable collection of four comedic one-act plays are based around the premise that somewhere, a guy named Rick died, though it’s not necessarily the same Rick in each piece. Each skit was written and directed by a member of the 4-person ensemble (Maddie Dial, Danny Gendron, Caroline Levich, and Charlie Laud.) The one-acts are incredibly varied for such a specific premise using a recycled cast.
“Human Resources” finds self-absorbed Charlotte meeting with her HR manager, put off that Rick did not return her phone call after a date, she’s relieved to learn that she hasn’t been rejected – he’s just dead. “Plus None” centers on an engaged couple cracking under the stress of planning for a wedding when a convenient death opens up their invite list. In “Salami Rolls,” siblings bicker at their brother’s funeral until one makes a shocking revelation. “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” is so tangentially related to a Rick dying that it feels out of place in the collection: as an act of intimacy and trust, a gifted woman reveals her superpower to her boyfriend.
Finding a quartet equally adept at writing, directing, and acting would be implausible – and the show notably has an amateurish feel to it….