If you go to “Love in the Time of Swine Flu” a comedy about sex, dating, and everything else terrifying – expecting to see a play – you won’t. What you will see are five average, young and sometimes funny actor/writers on view (Grace Blakeman, Derek Dupuy, Joella Fink, CJ Hunt and Mike Spara) in a series of sketches – reminiscent of The Second City, Nichols and May and Beyond the Fringe – just not as sharp.
Ranging in length and subject matter from STD’s and the ubiquitous blow job to the energy crisis and oil spill, vampires and werewolves, family dinners, movie trailers, airport security, a prolonged President Obama press conference full of illogical arguments and a horny cab driver these five actor/writers give it the good old collegiate try.
Perhaps if they came up with some better topics their improvisational and comedic skills could be better put to use. As it is, some fall flat while others are more successful with a sure satiric arrow piercing the subject matter.
As in – the vampire with his jealous and unfulfilled victim. This was right on target as they use the male sexual dysfunction that sometimes loses its rigidity and turn it upside down and inside out with the Vampire having dysfunction of his fangs and accusing his victim of having a loose neck. It is very funny.
In another recurring skit – a family dinner where the daughter has brought home her hapless fiancée – he is put on the spot (three times) by her dad who is fond of playing ridiculous games while waiting for the turkey to get cooked. Only it’s the fiancée who gets cooked each time.
Anyway, the show is fast paced and lasts about an hour. It’s at Dixon Place – 161A Chrystie Street. You should check out a map before starting out as even the Fringe Associate got lost on her way to the venue.