There are some very funny moments in the Shelterhouse this holiday season, especially when the comedy is Cincinnati-centric. And there are definitely some clunkers. But the good thing about HOLIDAZED AND CONFUSED is that even if a sketch is falling flat it doesn’t last very long.
When someone says “improv,” I tend to go the opposite direction. Good improv is hard; television’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway” a notable example of it done really well. I wasn’t entirely sure how much improv would be included in the latest show to open at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park but I was willing to keep an open mind. I also thought about how in a typical episode of Saturday Night Live, my most relatable experience with sketch comedy, about two-thirds of the show were way too abstract for me. Or not that funny. But again, I was willing to keep an open mind.
I especially enjoyed the work of Katie Kershaw and Tyler Davis. Davis, a Columbus, Ohio native, and Kershaw, a graduate of NKU, seemed to get “us” better than the rest of the ensemble. But each member of the cast brings something unique to the stage. And each gets quite a few laughs. A carriage ride gone wrong, very specific digs at Crossroad’s “Awaited” show, and a segment on Cincinnati-themed Grandfather Clocks all stand out.
HOLIDAZED AND CONFUSED is a fun way to spend two hours this season. It beats shopping. And for some, it might beat family dinners. I enjoyed it.
THE SECOND CITY’S HOLIDAZED & CONFUSED REVUE runs through December 31st at the Playhouse in the Park. Click here for more information.