I hurried my butt to catch the 10 p.m. show of Sketchfest on Wednesday and found the line-up to be female focused, with one man and a lot of talented ladies taking the stage.
I unfortunately missed almost the full act of 2 Humans. Luckily, I caught one scene that was about the misery of sharing an office space with a chronic complainer. Joy turns the sadness and then an epic murder in one’s imagination.
I also missed the first part of a three part trilogy of Les Bunheads. Fortunately, I didn’t miss part deux. These two ballerinas hate each other and in their quest to be the lead go from graceful to Street Fighter territory. After catching them in full tutu fighting mode, they return later at a ceremony in their honor long past their prime. It’s a masterful clown act performed by trained dancers Vanessa Kneale and Janie Pinard with fantastic costuming (including the old lady bodysuits).
Jess Fitzpatrick took the stage for a solo sketch act and she used pre-recorded sounds and audience selectees to fill in for any secondary “characters” she needed. Fitzpatrick showcased a range of talents — a physical clown act of a Yugoslavian hula hoop champion, a singing princess who isn’t looking for Disney romance, and a yoga teacher who might spend her free time on FetLife given what she does with her students.
Last up were L’il RasGALS, a polished duo with stage chops that show. Chelsea Larkin and Susannah Kiernan’s sketches are character driven and have a female-focused vibe that contrasts roles for women in society. In one, a woman dining alone is served by a waitress who relies on her tits for tips. Another sketch has two women waiting in line to use a bathroom only to find that their degrees of separation aren’t very pleasant. My favorite of theirs had them singing about performing to the Les Mis song I Dreamed a Dream.
Sketchfest continues until May 30. Find out more HERE.