LA Weekly Theater
GOOD NIGHT: A SKETCHY PLAY AND TRIBUTE TO DUDLEY MOORE AND PETER
Without overtly imitating Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, British writer-performers
David Beeler and Tom Konkle capture the geniality and goofiness of the
late, great masters of the "twitty old bean" style of English
comedy. For, in this collection of gleeful and quick-witted skits, Beeler
and Konkle pay homage to the buddy comedy of their predecessors. The show
is sometimes too clever by half, with the situations that prime the breakneck
parade of one-liners, double takes, eye buggings and funny noises being
too feather-light to sustain attention. Still, the prattle is often diverting.
In one skit, Beeler, portraying a biblical-era journalist, interviews
Konkle, playing one of Jesus' caterer friends who's just written a book
entitled, Christ, Could He Cook! In another vignette, Konkle essays
an oafish British bobby called on the carpet for handing out tickets for
"looking at me in a funny way" and "loitering with intent
to use the crosswalk." The arch comic timing established by director
Michael Neill provides an intense and tightly honed production of fluff.
Written 4/10/03 (Paul Birchall)
de la creme of comedy"
very funny night"
worthy of Monty Python"