Sketch group proves they’re no flash in the pan with ‘Suckiest Show
Ever,' while Eliza Skinner gets 'Shameless.'
Flashes De Quincy (Jerry Michaels, Seth Kirschner, Aubrey Plaza and Todd
Blass), and Eliza Skinner.
Sketch comedy group
Flashes De Quincy presents a sketch show with attitude, filled with
irreverent mocking parody and lampoons -- of both TV programs and
personality types, in an occasional ongoing run at the UCB Theatre.
Titled ‘The Suckiest Show Ever,’ the show takes on all things that,
well, suck, beginning with a frat boy-type who doesn’t realize he
suffers from ‘chronic suck disorder’ -- played by group standout Todd
Blass proves versatile with accents and characters throughout the
group’s show, including bits such as Brooklyn-accented “Deli Guys”
opining on their own cable access show, and a Frenchman to boot, in
Of course, he’s ably supported by castmates Seth Kirschner -- who often
has the role of straight man, as the doctor diagnosing the “suck
disorder,” among other roles; Aubrey Plaza, who presents equally vivid
characters and gets some choice dialogue -- while playing the “suck”
sufferer’s girlfriend, she says, “Maybe the doctor’s retarded;” and also
Jerry Michaels, who’s vivid and expressive in several parts.
The saga of “clinical suck disorder” is actually played out with Blass’
character recurring in bits throughout the show that up the ante
successfully. And together, the whole group makes good use of video in
the one segment they present in that format, a parody of an MTV dating
Flashes De Quincy are well worth catching, as is Eliza Skinner, whose
“Shameless” one-person showcase of characters was paired with them May
26. Skinner evokes something of a nostalgia for the recent past, setting
up intermingled interludes featuring three characters with captions that
set the time and place based on odd items like a certain day’s Red Sox
score, what episode of Law & Order was running on what channel, and
notable points in the career of obscure rock musician Tom Cochrane.
But it’s the characters that make Skinner’s show of course, and they are
inventive, mining a cringe factor for their humor -- like the new mom
lusting after a 14-year-old boy in the neighborhood, a vapid club-going
girl, and an addled mom who tries too hard to be her 10-year-old
daughter’s friend. Skinner successfully creates enough variation between
these personas to make them distinctive.
“The Suckiest Show Ever” returns June 30
with “My Big Fat” (reviewed here). Eliza
Skinner’s “Shameless” returns June 23 with “My