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Ten one-acts of great comedy

March 07, 2011|By James Famera
  • Shelby Janes, left, and Mary Burkin in SkyPilot Theatre Companys play Rewind. (photo by Eric Johnson)
Shelby Janes, left, and Mary Burkin in SkyPilot Theatre… (Eric Johnson )

When it comes to one-act plays, comedy seems to work best. You put a couple of outrageous characters on stage, have them trade barbs with one another for about 10 minutes, and watch the hilarity ensue. It’s quick. It’s simple. it’s hilarious.

The Victory Theatre in Burbank has adapted to this formula quite well with “Rewind,” 10 hilarious one-act plays that are all set in a video store. Through the course of the show, we’re treated to everything from an unlikely in-store birth where the newborn flat out disappears, to a wonderfully choreographed song-and-dance number between the video store clerk and his customers. You may never have thought video stores were funny before, but “Rewind” proves that even something as commonplace as the local Blockbuster is fodder for really great comedy.

“I Wouldn't Mind Seeing This Again,” opened the show, and was a wonderful little take on how we grow attached to our favorite movies, even if others don’t. Along the way we meet Lindsay (a fantastic Jaime Puckett) who just happens to share the same first name of the star of her favorite film, the 2004 comedy “Mean Girls” starring Lindsay Lohan. In the film, Lohan is seduced by a cliquish group of ditzy, yet popular, high school girls, and Puckett did a great “mean girl” impression while trying to convince her friend why the movie needed to be rented. “It’s only the best movie made about high school, duh,” she said. Indeed “Mean Girls” was a good movie, but Lindsay’s over-the-top appraisal probably didn’t do the movie much justice. Still, Puckett’s portrayal of a hair-twisting, gum-chewing popular girl was very, very funny.

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