It’s summer time again and love is in the air — the very humid air.
Whether you’ve just met that special someone or the flame has been burning for a while, it’s important to keep the relationship exciting. In an attempt to help all the lovebirds in Savannah keep things interesting, I’ve tested out some “potentially” fun dates.
On Thursday night, my date and I went to see “Parallel Lives,” written by Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney. The show was essentially a montage of comedy sketches infused with post-feminist satire.
A two-woman comedy show wouldn’t be my ideal romantic date, but it seemed like something different to do on an otherwise ordinary Thursday night.
The show’s two main actresses Sheila Lynne Bolda and Michelle Padgett each played a variety of different characters, sometimes even in the same sketch. There was a third actress, Megan Jones, who filled in as various supporting characters when needed.
I was amazed by how far these women were willing to go to bring their characters to life. In the second to last sketch, Padgett plays a drunken redneck named Bubba who is desperate for the affection of Bolda’s character, Bobbi Jo Baylor. At one point Padgett’s character feels-up Bolda for a good 30 seconds.
Now that’s dedication.
Their bold comedic choices had my date laughing at period jokes, George Clooney’s strong chest and songs about a woman’s uterus.
Sadly, not all of the jokes were as comical and some of the characters fell flat, especially in the “An Angel’s Tale” sketches. At one point in the sketch the angels decided to bless men with big egos. I thought it was hilarious, but my male date, along with other men in the audience, did the awkward that’s-funny-but-totally-not-true laugh.
Some of the sketches hit the audience over the head with social commentary, particularly same-sex relationships. The commentary was overbearing, unnecessary and felt out-of-place.
However, I did appreciate the fact that the actresses chose to keep things light and airy by keeping the audience laughing, even when things got heavy.
Overall I would recommend the show itself, but not for a date night with your new beau. The female point of view and the social commentary might make things a little awkward, especially if you’re date is on the conservative side — or Catholic.
This show would better serve couples who are married or have been dating for a while, but I think this show would be most enjoyable with a group of friends after a drink or two.
You can catch “Parallel Lives” at The Muse Arts Warehouse July 12–14, 19–21 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and military.Contact Danielle Austin.