At last, a play that dares to ask a question that has haunted me for years: "Where is the art in 'The Wedding Singer'?"
Rob Roznowski's extremely funny play "Arts or Crafts" is a series of vignettes that might make audience members think about how we define art as a society — if only they can catch their breath from laughing so hard.
A talented cast, directed by Debra Christopher and Cathy Randazzo, gallivants through a series of sketches that don't try to explain the difference between art and craft, but rather let the audience laugh at such universal objects of mirth as pompous critics, crack-revealing plumbers and pretensions of all sorts.
In one skit, Britney Spears' "Toxic" is sung in pop style and operatically side by side. In another, the "Mona Lisa" wonders why she is considered among the world's greatest works of art. "I wasn't even smiling," she says with a puzzled frown, while other actors strike other famous painted poses.
Sometimes the jokes are in the delivery.
"So you want your poetry to rhyme?" a wordsmith-for-hire asks a customer.
"Doesn't everyone?" the customer replies.
"….Yes," sighs the defeated poet, visibly deflating.
The show even mocks itself.
"Hello, I'm theater," says an actor. "You haven't seen much of me tonight."
This tight-knit troupe has it all: timing, delivery, physicality. How are they so funny? It's an art.
60 mins. Rated G-14. Gold venue.
5-22, 6 p.m.
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5-26, 4 p.m.