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Pagliaccis

ensemble theatre · good dip · Ages 17+ · flashing lights · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by anonymous

June 10, 2017 certified reviewer
tagged as: unfunny · CRUDE

What I liked

I liked that this show had potential to be something greater than what was put onto stage.

What I didn't like

What I didn’t like about the show was the lack of any depth with the characters. The characters seemed very flat and left me wondering whether or not I should feel sympathy for them. Also I think that the script had many jokes that were there for only shock value and vulgarity for the sake of vulgarity without serving a real purpose. I also didn’t like that I paid $15 for this show.

My overall impression

Like I said, this show needs a lot of work.
The characters were very one dimensional and really served no purpose being on that stage.
I think the show would be a lot better if it had been about the best friend and the sister rather than breaking the pacing of the show so we can be “treated” to the main character’s awful stand-up routine.
I think also there needed to have been better direction, a lot of the scenes were blocked so that the actor’s backs were to the audience and there was one scene where the best friend and his boss were supposed to be on the phone with each other but they would talk facing each other and then go back to talking on their phones which made no sense.
Spoiler
The whole work subplot served absolutely no purpose whatsoever. And the fact that the main character missed his best friend’s funeral because of work was utter bullshit. Like we’re supposed to care about this dude that lost his best friend and yet he does nothing to earn the audience’s sympathy.
Like I said earlier, the dead friend’s standup was so badly written, it was almost like a 13 year old wrote it.
I didn’t understand why they brought up rectal cancer only to use it as a setup for a butt joke.
Again, the humor of this show is very lacking as is the depth. Save yourself the $15 and see something else.

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