Pel Tedder’s “A Naughty Night of Comedy” presents an entertaining evening of three diverse one-acts which reveal the hilarious, though often painful, issues that people face in relationships.
Employing raunchy, scatological comedy, gentle, observational humor, and stiletto sharp satire, Tedder captures both the joys and sorrows of people trying to understand each other, and to successfully communicate their needs and issues.
The rawest of the bunch, “Blood is Slicker than Water,” reveals an incredibly dysfunctional family entirely deluded about themselves and each other, and learning to come clean, a la Quentin Tarantino. Director Tony Christopher makes the piece very cinematic, using blackouts that cut back and forth between characters to reveal all the interweaving story elements.
Taking a subtle approach to kids trying to discover where babies come from, “Bee Stings and Ding-a-lings” draws fine performances and strong laughs. Director Jessica Luckey keeps the piece flying through typical kid kinetic energy. Playing young children, Mindy Warick, Sterling Hall, and Mike McAleer are extremely naturalistic and expressive.
“Confessions of a Kept Man” sucker punches the audience with its black, scathing humor, as a psychopath impersonates an ice-cold loner who uses everyone in his path. Blake Sienkiewicz’s ‘Cole Winters’ exudes a scary intensity and focus, while Christian Blaine brings comic relief as a young, self-conscious naïf named Sidney.
A little long to be one-acts, and employing occasional adult language and situations, “A Naughty Night of Comedy” features drop dead humor and entertaining performances as it explores the complexities of relationships.
Pel Tedder presents “A Naughty Night of Comedy” Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6 at the NoHo Actors Studio (5215 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood). Tickets cost $12 at the door, or $10 in advance. For more information, call (818) 276-5509 or firstname.lastname@example.org.