7307 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Category: Performing Arts Venues
In one of the best shows this reviewer has seen at Groundlings in a while, director Mitch Silpa's cast of comedians does a bang-up job with a slate of 17 sketches, complemented by excellent writing. What's impressive about this show is that Silpa and the cast consistently extract comedic tinder from the most commonplace scenarios, while including some over-the-top material — a Groundlings show trademark. Even the customary improv segments were on the mark. The laughs in "Signs From God" emerge when a Pentecostal preacher's sermon is given a warped sign-language interpretation by an aide. "Good Hair" has Navaris Johnson as a gay patron of a beauty salon whose hair is given special treatment by novice beautician Misty Monroe. And "Jet All the Way" is a riotously funny send-up of the fight scene from West Side Story. Groundlings Theater, 7307 Melrose Ave.; Sun., 7: 30 p.m.; thru Jan. 15. (323) 934-4747, Groundlings.com.
Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: July 31. Continues through Jan. 15, 2011