Rock 'n Ridicule

The country might be flat broke ’n broken, but we have an embarrassment of riches in material for political and social satire, which this new show by Acme Comedy Theatre cleverly demonstrates. Howard Bennett and the four member Rock N’ Ridicule Band are showstoppers, spinning off jazz, blues and R&B tunes with the utmost precision, and also providing some well-timed sound effects. Nicholas Zill’s book and lyrics are equally impressive, as is the nine-member cast who prove themselves remarkably versatile under Robert Otey’s direction. With few exceptions, the 24 skits are very funny, mixing song-and-dance routines that are humorously blended with just the right mix of physical comedy. No sacred cows here: El Presidente takes it on the chin more than a few times. “We Will Barack You” (sung to the tune of Queen’s “We Will Rock You”), is a hilarious ditty performed by the entire company, while in “Barack A Bye Baby,” the Commander In Chief (a hilarious Derek Reid, who also does a great take on Tiger Woods), is smitten with insomnia and resorts to some unusual remedies. Natascha Corrigan is a hoot in several turns as Sarah Palin, the funniest being a golf lesson she gets from Reid. Louie Sadd steals the show with his clueless stare, eyes-blinking, language-contorting take on (almost) everybody’s favorite foil and punch line. George W. Acme Comedy Theatre 135 N. LaBrea Ave., L.A.; Sun., 8 p.m.; through April 25. (323) 525-0202.
Sun., March 14, 3 p.m.; Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: March 14. Continues through April 25, 2010


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