THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (abridged) by Carol Kaufman Segal
There is so much seriousness in our world today that a good comedy is a breath of fresh air when attending the theatre. Who could expect anything other than that when the title of the production is The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)? This theatre piece, written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, let me down in some ways.
Yes there is some very funny material, but there is too much that is too slapstick, and some that is offensive, which I find unnecessary in a show with the intent that this one is meant to offer.
The best thing that I thoroughly enjoyed in this comedy is the phenomenal cast of three, Zehra Fazal, Marc Ginsburg, and Mark Jacobson who make the evening worthwhile with their excessive talent for comedy, quick actions, unbelievable fast costume changes, and stage presence that makes one feel as if they are speaking directly to you. At one point, Zehra Fazal even sings while accompanying herself on a ukulele, proving her musical talent as well as a lovely singing voice.
The scenic design by Stephen Gifford is perfect for the production and must be a plus for the quick costume changes by the cast. And speaking of the costumes, they too, are ideal, designed by Jeffrey Schoenberg.
Act II proves to be more enjoyable than the first act, no political jokes, nothing offensive, and much funnier.
The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) is the final production of the 2016-2017 Season at the Falcon Theatre. It plays Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 4 PM. through April 23. Tickets are available online at falcontheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at (818) 955-8101 (hours Tuesdays through Fridays 12 noon to 6 PM, Saturdays and Sundays 10 AM to 4 PM, or one hour prior to show tine on performance days).
Later this year the Falcon Theatre will be renamed the Garry Marshall Theatre to continue to honor the memory of this wonderful and talented man with love and laughter. The Theatre has brought exciting live shows to our area, which it will continue to do. So next season, look for the same at the Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank.