The Well Seasoned Players - Melbourne FLThe script, written by Bailey (who plays a prickly posthumous Joan Rivers) and about a billion old standup comedians, strings skits together with loose thematic connections but no recurring characters or storyline. While many of the jokes are well-worn and rely on the tired gender stereotypes of an older generation, some make sharp observations on aging (old women are so invisible to most men that they could rob banks with impunity), while a few edge into uncomfortable territory, like a creepy segment about sex between dementia sufferers.
4 DATES THROUGH MAY 29, 2016
Length: 55 Min
Price: $9 (Disc: SR)
Rating: 13 & Up – Mature Themes
Comedy is all in the timing, but it's hard to land punchlines when the cast is reading off scripts, and some of the original gags' Yiddishisms have been overly Episcopalized, making the result taste a little like a latke smothered in Heinz ketchup. Even so, the preview audience I watched with laughed appreciatively through most of the sketches, making my first show of the 2016 Fringe go down as easy as Mom's matzoh ball soup.