NY Review: 'MisSpelled'
Borkenstein Productions and Actors' Equity Association at the Cherry Lane Theatre as part of the New York International Fringe Festival
Reviewed by Andy Propst
August 13, 2012
If the show's hoary jokes (the devil bemoans the sacrifice of a chicken, exclaiming he'd rather have had pastrami) don't set our teeth on edge, then the hokey numbers ("Welcome to Sadie's Seder/It's homemade; I never cater") and rambling book—which also contains tired gags about Hollywood, once the girl's dad (Louis Silvers) has gotten the tunesmith a gig there—will.
The uninspired quality of the material is only underscored by the performances, which range from grandiosely overblown to simply underrehearsed. In fact, this less-than-magical evening even features one performer—Paul Craffey, playing a conniving warlock—who appears to be reading his lines from sides on a clipboard.
Presented by Borkenstein Productions, in association with Actors' Equity Association, as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St., NYC. Aug. 11–26. Remaining performances: Sat., Aug. 18, 8 p.m.; Tue., Aug. 21, 5:15 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 25, 2:15 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 26, 3:15 p.m. (866) 468-7619 or www.fringenyc.org.
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