THE WAITSTAFF’S VACATION (The Waitstaff): 2015 Fringe Review 19

2. The Waitstaff's VACATIONPopular comedy troupe The Waitstaff returns to the Fringe with a new series of short skits on everything from the current political candidates to feminism and gay marriage, including send-ups of such ubiquitous people in the news as Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Caitlin Jenner, and the Pope. Though the one-hour cabaret show is called THE WAITSTAFF’S VACATION, only a few of the sketches actually relate to the title. But as the audience is told from the outset: “It doesn’t have to make sense, it’s a Fringe show!”

Among the funniest routines are the ones that do adhere to the titular theme, with three of the comics crammed into a car for their interminable weekend trek to the beach (that is, “downna shore”), and Gerre Garrett and Sara Carano as two friends enjoying a chat in Wildwood, with spot-on South Philly costumes, accents, and attitude. There’s scatalogical humor, socio-political incorrectness, and Fringe interviews and updates by a pretentious and clueless reporter (Carano)—something to amuse, and to offend, everyone! [L’Etage Cabaret, 624 S. 6th St.] September 4-19, 2015; fringearts.com/the-waitstaffs-vacation.

 

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Debra Miller

Debra holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Delaware and teaches at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ. She is a judge for the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, Philadelphia Arts and Culture Correspondent for Central Voice, and has served as a Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and President of the Board of Directors of Da Vinci Art Alliance. Her publications include articles, books, and catalogues on Renaissance, Baroque, American, Pre-Columbian, and Contemporary Art, and feature articles on the Philadelphia theater scene.