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A Show About Something

Erokan and Coleman create web series that applies Seinfeld's style to relationships.

Pictured: D'Arcy Erokan and Jason Carden.

“Three Percent Enemies,” a web series by the duo and supporting cast known as Frowned Upon, is like a darker version of “Seinfeld” (not dirtier like “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) that flips the conceit of that classic show on its head by making its hero, D’Arcy Erokan, the one who’s dimmer than all the rest of the supporting cast (unlike the way Jerry would seem to almost see everything coming based on what the others would do).

Erokan is supported by Jason Carden as her boyfriend and Lauren Zinn as her sister, as co-leads in the series, created, written and produced by Devon Coleman, with whom she has worked onstage in the past (see 9/7/07 review).

Kicking off the first of the three episodes up so far, Erokan and set the tone with a very Seinfeld-esque phone call in which Erokan is hiding under a desk because she doesn’t want to talk to a “wheelchair person,” and tells of her plans to try out for an all-female improv group called “Clitoris Leachman” -- a random pop culture reference worked into the plot in, again, Seinfeld-esque fashion.

Erokan also inhabits the George Costanza-like actions in this show, becoming obsessed with getting a dollar from taking a supermarket’s survey, then getting mad when told she hasn’t given the right answers to get the dollar.

In the following episodes, we see the “Three Percent Enemies” world built a little more, with Zinn not wanting to be the focus of her own 30th birthday party; and another featuring Erokan and Carden in a couple’s argument about who should sleep on which side of the bed and who should keep watch after they get the jitters from watching a scary movie.

The slogan of “Three Percent Enemies” is “Because every couple hates each other at least a little bit,” and its players put just enough sunnyness into their characters to modulate the bitterness contained in their plots and dialogue and make the series all the more novel and funny as a result.

Click here for "Three Percent Enemies" trailer. 



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