The Crash?

The Directors Theater stages substantial one-acts to a flimsy audience; Idiot Box presents the comedy troupe's favorite reruns

You should see them in their costumes: The Idiot Box revue
You should see them in their costumes: The Idiot Box revue

In the past, Idiot Box has often seemed best with videotaped material (their commercial for a Citizen's Band psychic is a highlight of this show, featuring a burly trucker pouring salt over dozens of flapjacks and eggs while testifying, "He said my cholesterol was too high. Now, how did he know that?"). But this production demonstrates an equal confidence with live comedy, such as a sketch in which the amiable, rotund Scott Jorgenson develops a habit of talking to his co-workers as if they were dogs. "Do you want to get me a cup of coffee?" he asks castmate Heidi Fellner, who nods and scampers in place from excitement. "Wait for it," he tells her, and then pauses while her face contorts with anticipation. "Now GO, GIRL!" he cries out, and Fellner scurries out the door with a delighted yelp. If only audiences could be trained so well.

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