OK breaking from the gag, Four Humors' ARTshare show We Gotta Cheer Up Gary is a fun, silly, ridiculous, hilarious hour of the kind of comedy that these guys specialize in. Not exactly improv because I believe this is a (mostly) scripted show, but with the unexpected, natural, reactive, and present style that characterizes improv. Four Humors' mission is "to create art that celebrates the humor, stupidity, and beauty of our world by letting the artist connect with the audience in a vulnerable and honest way." That is this show in a nutshell. Plenty of humor, some of it stupid (in a good way), with a bit of beauty thrown in in a lovely sad song/story/scene at the end.
|Cheerologists Dario Tangelson, Mike Fotis,|
Jason Ballweber, and Ryan Lear
If you're looking for theater out of the ordinary, check out this show. The audience at the Saturday matinee I attended was decidedly younger than most theater audiences around town. Perhaps these kids didn't know they were actually at the theater (shhh, don't tell them, we want them to keep coming back!). We Gotta Cheer Up Gary continues through April 22 in rep with the Southern's other ARTshare shows. After that Four Humors will move to the Guthrie Studio to present their adaptation of Don Quixote. If their take on another classic piece of literature, Lolita, is any indication, this is a show not to be missed. In the meantime - go get yourself cheered up!