Off-Broadway Comedy Assistance at Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre
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The last date listed for Assistance was Saturday May 4, 2013 / 8:00pm.
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Based on the beloved 2001 Caldecott Honoree children's book of the same name, this boisterously… More
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Featured review from Jonathon Huber
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The excellent cast has perfect timing and delivery of a script loaded with rapid-fire repartee and lightening-fast one-up-manship. The problem here resides with the script which, despite it's clever sarcasm and engaging quips, never really moves toward any meaningful or substantive destination. The state of degradation and stagnation the cast finds themselves in as minions for a Trump-like financial mogul is made clear from early in the show. However, not much more than that is revealed by the time it all ends 90 minutes later. The one spark of hope, provided by the leads' romantic kiss in the shadows during the final scene, offers little satisfaction to a viewer hoping for some epiphanic payoff after such a long stretch of humorous yet cynical-to-the-core dialogue. That said, the play has some brilliantly written and staged moments of flippant self-debasement, such as the English assistants' drunken take on what role she plays for her boss, devolving into an alcohol-fueled rendition of a Fred Astaire dance.
_By Leslye Headland
For these young assistants, life is an endless series of humiliations at the hands of their hellacious boss, a powerful uber-magnate. In rare moments of calm when the phone calls stop rolling, Nick and Nora and their traumatized co-workers question whether all their work will lead to success — or just more work. Leslye Headland’s Assistance is a biting, high-octane satire about our attraction to power and what we’re willing to sacrifice to stay in its orbit.