MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT (Act II Playhouse): 60-second review

 Will Dennis, Anne Wechsler and Tony Braithwaite star in MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT at Act II Playhouse in Ambler. Photo by Bill D'Agostino.

Will Dennis, Anne Wechsler and Tony Braithwaite
star in MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT at Act II Playhouse in Ambler. Photo by
Bill D’Agostino.

Need to get in the spirit? Want something a little different this holiday season? Celebrate in style and satire with Act II Playhouse’s MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT. Presented in variety-show style with skits, songs, and improv sessions, this show is downright funny. The show has it all with a look at the truth behind a couple’s gift giving habits, a tongue-in-cheek critique of a children’s production, and on-the-money impersonations; not to mention the  thankfully lesser-known songs of the season and no longer private letters to Santa from  well-known folks that had even the most polite viewers laughing. The actors keep the audience invested throughout the show including their suggestions in an improv session and a (hilarious) deeper look into a fellow audience member’s life.

Directed by Mary Carpenter, the cheery set (Mary Roche) provided the perfect vessel for the talented actors Tony Braithwaite (a la Artistic Director), Howie Brown (Managing Director to boot), Will Dennis, Sonny Leo, and Ann Wechsler to do what they do best – entertain. DO yourself a favor and check out MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT [Act II Playhouse, Ambler, PA]. December 9, 2014 –January 3, 2015; act2.org

 

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Lauren Hartranft

Lauren Hartranft grew up engrossed in books, theater, and music. She daylights as a behavior consultant, which she believes helps her perceive daily life, personalities, and theater in a unique way. She’s a self-proclaimed foodie and borderline hippie who likes to garden, make her own wine, and absorb as much culture from the world around her as possible. Lauren can be reached via email at lhartranft@verizon.net.