Wednesday, June 29, 2005

A Dependable Renegade theatre review

Just got in from seeing "The Hollow Men," a British sketch comedy troupe that's been described as a cross between Kids in the Hall and Monty Python's Flying Circus. (It's British Comedy Invasion week here in NYC and somehow, I wound up with two free tickets). These lads have been on Comedy Central, and have been on the Fringe and Comedy Festival circuits for four years, but I had managed to miss them somehow.

While most of the sketches were chuckle-funny or "damn, that's sick" funny, one was absolutely inspired. Cast member David Armand plays Johann Lippowitz, Austria's premier interpretive dance artiste. Dressed in an oversized black tee shirt, black pants, and a black skullie, he "interprets" Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" for the audience. Yes, the whole song.

Two words: It was bloody brilliant!

So for those of you in the NYC area, the boys are at the Village Theatre on Bleecker St. through July 16. That sketch alone is worth the price of admission. (For those of you who aren't, you can see the sketch in video format - it's in .wmv, so I didn't bother checking to see if it still works.)

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