Review: School House Wrong! at TOTS

 

Can I please express how glad I am that Three Dollar Bill Comedy has revived this show?

Originally appearing in two consecutive Fringe Festivals (divided into two parts), the initial School House Wrong! shows had me sick with laughter in those summers of yore. Now combined into one feature length show, I once again found myself laughing to the point of being breathless and sweaty (of course that’s probably just a sad commentary on my current state of physical fitness). I couldn’t help but find myself chuckling at the introductions to certain songs because I remembered what was to come (brace yourselves for some hardcore humor when Jeff Clawson enters wearing his conductor’s hat).

This is by no means high-brow stuff, nor should it have to be — the songs presented are dirty, silly and profoundly clever. What's more, I cannot help but get somewhat choked up by the visceral truth in numbers like “Shoot for the Ground” and “Your Bachelor’s Degree Is Worth Shit.”

Being presented in a fully staged production, School House Wrong! is now outfitted with some pretty darn funny cutouts of classic School House Rock characters with a Three Dollar Bill twist; but the best new additions to the show are the new projection animations accompanying the songs, such as a ruler getting it on with a protractor. Other bits of sexiness include Todd Kenworthy executing a remarkably beautiful dance routine despite being...encumbered.

Finally, it should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with local standout performers that Claire Wilcher will knock your socks off whenever she opens her mouth to sing; but I must stress that the entire ensemble maintains some really tight harmonies. This is not just a group of brilliant comedians, but of performers who have obviously put forth considerable effort to hone their presentation.

I strongly urge anyone reading this to reserve a ticket immediately, because it’s hard to imagine that seats will available much longer.

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