Should anybody be surprised that some of Philadelphia's better actors find their way out of the dense thickets of, say, The Three Sisters, and into the reckless satire of This Is the Week That Is (2014)?
The work may be harder in the heady succession of comedy sketches and songs in this show by 1812 Productions, but it's so much fun actors can be caught laughing at one another as much as Wednesday's opening audience laughed at them.
Written and performed by Jennifer Childs, Scott Greer, Dave Jadico, Aime Kelly, and Alex Bechtel, the show casually slides into its stride by sending up subscription-renewal speeches (it's that season). And, before long, Childs was in the thick of a wonderfully on-target Hillary Clinton bit, ending with the Stephen Sondheim song "I'm Still Here." The political humor suggests Democratic leanings (Rep. Paul Ryan is seen in a photo with the caption, "Get back to work, Grandma!"). TV shows, current and past, are a springboard for the format, not just that distant ancestor of Stephen Colbert, That Was the Week That Was. To Tell the Truth had three contestants claiming to be Chris Christie - one only quotes Bruce Springsteen lyrics, another stonewalls every question - descending into a brawl because none will give up the claim to being the real him.