Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End (review)

Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End (review)
Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End (review)
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THE PLAY: This one-woman show turns the popular stay-at-home mom’s humorous columns into conversation (with a bit of bio tossed in).

 

THE PRODUCTION: This is a gentler characterization from Catherine Shaffner, minus the acerbic touch that usually makes her work so wickedly hilarious. Still, every moment is carefully crafted for comedy with a few touching moments for perfunctory depth. It works beautifully. There’s lots of cheery chat (and one quick song) with a few zingers that generate genuine laffs. Director John Moon kept the show (and Shaffner) moving to animate the chat. Terrie Powers has designed a set that hits many aspects of a 60s home with modern furniture and busy period patterns. BJ Wilkinson uses lighting changes to add visual variety. Running time: 1:00

 

THE POINT: This show is packed with amiable humor that sparks more knowing chuckles than outright laughter. Still, Shaffner’s performance is friendly fun.

 

4 Stars (4 / 5)

 

A Virginia Rep production at Hanover Tavern thru 4/29

 

Click here to listen to the Curtain Call interview with Shaffner.

 

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW (as aired on WRIR)

Catherine Shaffner (Photo by Aaron Sutten)

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