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Theatre Review: Another Year of ‘The Week That Is’

(Don Montrey, Susan Riley Stevens, Tabitha Allen, Scott Greer, Aimé Kelly, and Reuben Mitchell are among the ensemble cast.  Photo by Mark Garvin, provided)

(Don Montrey, Susan Riley Stevens, Tabitha Allen, Scott Greer, Aimé Kelly, and Reuben Mitchell are among the ensemble cast. Photo by Mark Garvin, provided)

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Reviewed by Bob Nelson

KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – 1812 Productions, Philadelphia’s hard-working, “all comedy” theatre company, has raised the curtain on its sixth annual offering of political satire.

The title, “This Is The Week That Is,” is the catch-all phrase the company has been using for its impressive collection of political humor.

What we have here is a two-hour collection of knockabout nonsense, some of which pokes fun at established political figures, but most of which is physical nonsense worked up within the group.

This show’s major accomplishment is the three impressive electronic murals which come to life on stage with a variety of art and performance.

Jennifer Childs, a familiar figure in the company and listed as its director, opens the show to get the nonsense rolling.

There are appropriate references to timely political silliness, but most of what we get here is an overworked panorama of energetic theatrical gymnastics.

“This Is The Week That Is” runs at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place in center city Philadelphia, through December 31st.

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