Review: 3 Stars for Two and Two Thirds Men @ Jubilations
Unless you’ve been living under a rock since 2003, you’ll have heard of the hit TV show Two and a Half Men. (It’s in reruns so often, I’d be surprised if there’s not a “Two and a Half Men” channel – relieved, but surprised ;)). So, it’s about time Randy Apostle and the team at Jubilations Dinner Theatre decided to do a spoof on this one since making fun of popular TV shows and movies is what they do best, and this one’s an easy target.
I saw this show a month ago but got waylaid with Legally Blonde, the Calgary Fringe Festival, and Evil Dead . This is my last review for the 2011-2012 season – just in time for those who are thinking of taking in the final week – at a discount.
The setting for Two and Two-Thirds Men is Jake (Shane Chorneyko)’s graduation from Calgary High. His Dad, Allan Barber (Joseph Davies) has taken charge of the proceedings and chosen the same “Under The Sea” theme as for his own graduation some years back. But do you think his perpetually drunk mother, Evelyn (Andrea Bailey) would remember? Of course not. She’s always getting Allan mixed up with her favourite son Charlie (Brent Buchanan), who “died” last season in Paris – or did he??? Former housekeeper Bertha (Jeanette McDonald) and Charlie’s ex-girlfriend/stalker Rosie (Ashley Weir) reunite with this cast of characters for the party – giving everyone an excuse to wear costumes and sing popular songs from the 60′s and 70′s (my personal faves were selections from Beatles, Queen and Styx).
On the whole this was a solid show with good acting, and if you’re a Jubilations or “Two and Half Men” fan, you’ll probably like Two and Two Thirds Men too, especially if you’re fond of the music from the featured era. I’d rate it somewhere between their previous two shows, Corner Gassed 2 and Jump for Glee!, although I’d say the singing was stronger in both of those. Admittedly, some of the humour was lost on me, not being all that familiar with - or fond of – the TV show. What really impressed me, however, was the fantastical “Under the Sea” set by Jaimie Cooney and Rom Fantini and the scene painting by Jaimie Cooney and Karen Turnbull – complete with a Greek temple, a giant working clam shell (reminiscent of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors) and hand-painted giant fish gracing the walls. As usual, they were literally out of this world, and certainly worth consideration for Betty Mitchell Awards at the ceremony tonight, if the jury would ever be open-minded enough to take in a show at Jubilations.
Two and Two Thirds Men is entering its final week and runs from Wednesday to Sunday September 2 with matinees on the weekends. They’ve got a “Beat the Heat” Labour Day Special on all week – $39.95 for all seats. One of the best deals of the summer. For more information, go to: Jubilations Dinner Theatre.