Mocking the Media
Overall this is a very good show. There are only a couple of skits in the mix that are completely dead. Towards the end, for instance, the troupe takes on conservative cable news network Fox News in a bit called “Fair and Balanced.” Making fun of Fox News is a tricky proposition—their programming is such a strong parody of itself that trying to exaggerate its juvenile brand of conservatism for the benefit of stage comedy comes off feeling a bit forced.
However, weak skits like “Fair and Balanced” and “I
There are also a couple of recurring segments that carry the show quite well, for example parodies of yogurt commercial dialogues between two women. Oddly, the lampooned yogurt commercials show some of Broadminded’s most interesting moments where they up addressing some pretty heavy emotional issues—everything from unrequited romantic love to the inner emptiness that comes from modern consumer culture. The recurring pre-recorded TV newsmagazine segments aren’t as good, but the comedy is just as interesting. They cast a comic light on what happens when parents push their children too hard to achieve at everything from being a real estate agent to the antichrist. Still quite new to local theater, Broadminded continues to show a great deal of promise.
Broadminded Now in 3-D!runs through June 29 at the Alchemist Theatre.