Review: Femoir and Friends 

3.5 stars

Indy Fringe Theater; Oct. 22-23. Last Saturday night, the IndyFringe Theater imported sketch comedy reminiscent of Chicago's famous troupe Second City -- and I want more. Invited to bring back her popular one-woman Fringe Festival show Femoir, Chicagoan Briana Hansen brought along a duo called Scuba Mission and Indy Fringe recruited solo performer DerickLengwenus to create two full acts. All four performers had their flat moments (just like Second City), but all had very sharp and sweet comic inventions that made the night worthwhile. Lengwenus begins in stand-up mode and then stretches physically to portray characters like his German-Canadian father (think S.S. officer) and a minister who lunges like jumpsuit Elvis. The best of Scuba Mission has Shawn Bowers and Colin Hogan (two males) playing a husband and wife role-playing in the bedroom, a scene that gets funnier as sex is upstaged by melodrama. Hansen infuses her solo sketch comedy with white girl hip-hop dance and song to explore her own awkwardness, dating and politics. I can't comment on her song parody lyrics, because of poor sound, but I loved her goofy dancing and the lip synching that made her second attempt at audience participation succeed wonderfully. Hansen has the likeability and flexibility to perform with Second City, but I hope she and her ilk will first perfect their craft on Indy stages. 721-9458;


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