Monday, August 10, 2015

Fringe Festival 2015: "The Mrs."

Day: 9

Show: 39

Title: The Mrs.

Category: Comedy

By: Schmidtshow Productions

Written by: Emily Schmidt

Location: Theatre in the Round

Summary: A new reality show called PolyGIMME A Break features four very different women married to the same man, who mysteriously goes missing.

Highlights: I really enjoyed this show that centered on these four fabulous women - Samantha Baker Harris (as the new wife), Rita Boersma (the child-bearing wife), Shanan Custer (the working wife), and Maureen Tubbs (the first wife). Polygamy is something that's so foreign to most of us, it's ripe for comedy, and Emily Schmidt's script delivers. When the husband (Nate Morse), the center of their spokes, disappears, the truth comes out about who these women are, why they chose to enter this family, and what they want in life. Not only is it funny, but it's touching too, and I found myself empathizing with these very different women and wanting things to work out for them. On a related note, I think I need to watch Big Love again.