It’s all about love and juggling!
Perfect Catch,billed as “Throw-mantic Comedy” at Canal Park Playhouse through November 27th, follows the formula set by Hollywood for romantic comedies. Boy and girl meet, but they don’t really like each other and, then suddenly, something happens to spark an interest, and finally, they are in the throes of an endearing love.
Jen Slaw and Michael Karas are jugglers who conduct their romance in near-complete silence, except for a timeless soundtrack. The pop 40s, some of them from the 40s, include some wonderfully quirky renditions of the standards like “Mister Sandman,” “It Had to Be You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “9 to 5” and “Fernando’s Hideaway.”
The juggling umbrellas set to “Singing in the Rain” create a little peril for our lovely duo, he a little nerdy, she poised and glamorous.
Meanwhile, Nina Conti does an altogether different brand of throwing.
She is a world renowned ventriloquist enjoying her United States debut in “Nina Conti Talk to the Hand” at 59E59 Theaters in the Brits Off Broadway festivities for one week only through November 13th.
Nina Conti with her several character puppets has won awards for comedy from the BBC and the Barry Comedy Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Be warned, this is not a child-friendly show. Not that there’s anything wrong with children. You may want to keep them away from the X-rated shenanigans of Monkey. Nina Conti is attractive and charming, and has a disarming way of laughing at the jokes she is about to tell through her puppets.
For more information on “Perfect Catch” go to www.canalparkplayhouse.com
For tickets for “Nina Conti Talk to the Hand” visit www.59e59.org or BritsOffBroadway.com