...."What makes this comedy work is the honest depiction from each character that renders laughs. From the butch stage manager, Jen (Jessica London-Shields) who supports an otter to Pandro (Joey Romaine), the red-bearded actor who plays the bird and wants to play Wilbur to Melitta (Morgan McNaught) who has plans to play Mama Rose in ten years. Scraggs (Josh Odor) is the veteran, ex-con bent on making it as an actor while he cons everyone. Zack (Evan Linder) is the wound-too tight actor with a loving boyfriend he is loyal to yet he is being seduced by Jasper (Kevin Stangler) who had a crush on Zack from high school. Lastly, when X (Alex Grelle) replaces Scraggs, the humor turns raunchy and hilarious.
Fueled with some original songs (music by Eric Svejcar and lyrics by David Zellnik), Orville And Wilbur Did It! shows how lame their children’s show actually is and how each actor reacts to negative talk backs from the children. But what makes this play so funny is the deep development of each character that produces a rich dynamic that creates funny, heartfelt situations that are funny because they are plausible. That is the source of most humor. This is a fine ensemble piece that gives each character their special moments. It is refreshing to see a show with everyone so committed to the work that the sheer energy produced laughs. This is a fun, silly yet truthful comedy that is a terrific night at the theatre. The New Colony folks continually produce stage worthy shows. This one will make you laugh.
Date Reviewed: June 17, 2014