Drop Six member Alicia Levy goes solo with a
largely solid character showcase.
Levy continues her chameleon-like, musically-inclined characterizations
in “I’m So There,” her new solo show running at the People’s Improv
Theater on Thursdays in September with Kimmy Gatewood’s “The
Levy’s first piece in the show takes advantage of her sex appeal and
mixes it with a novel comic idea -- an auditioning stripper who’s a
klutz. But then, showing her range, Levy turns up in the guise of a
grandmother going on about her neighbors. What both characters have in
common is that in performing them, Levy seems to utterly disappear and
the character she has created is driving the bus, as it were.
“I’m So There” features a recurring video piece where Levy plays an
addled advice-giver to new moms with a show called “Bringing Home Baby,”
again disappearing into the character.
The only real misfire in Levy’s show is a truly bizarrely costumed
Project Runway contestant whose elaborate Cirque du Soleil-like,
butterfly-adorned attire raises your expectations for something as
bizarrely funny in the characterization, but the piece never quite takes
Wisely, though, Levy reprises her Bat Mitzvah girl character, previously
performed as part of the sketch group Drop Six (reviewed
8/19/06), which is always a treat to see, from the way she
captures the mannerisms of a young Jewish girl to the entertaining rap
she then delivers in character.
Paired with “The Engagement,” you cannot go wrong making Levy’s show
your night out.