‘Making God Laugh’ hits your funny bone

I was taken in by the humor and laughed all the way through the first three scenes
By Patrick Hogan | May 21, 2013

Making God Laugh, a comedy written by Sean Grennan and directed by Jonathan Reis at Curtain Call Theatre Bothell, performed in their new space at Everett Mall, is a play about time, what persists and what fades.

It is a well-written show, ably performed by an ensemble cast.

The title refers to a Woody Allen quote, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.”

The play is divided into four scenes, each set ten years apart as a family of five gathers at holidays.

Rose Bryant’s stern mother, Ruthie, is at the heart of the show, with her mild-mannered husband, Bill, played by Rob Perkins, along for the ride.

The sparks and the comedy fly in the interactions between the mother and her three children and the rivalries among them.

Unlike Greg Lucas’ Thomas, who fulfills mom’s expectation that he become a priest, Kelsey Jacobs’ Maddie and Jason Conner’s Richard disappoint mom in various ways.

Jacobs and Conner take the opportunities the script presents and run with them, to great comic effect.

Each scene incorporates the family’s traditions, “picture time,” the ritual family photo, and mom’s infamous fantasia dip, which everyone despises but no one dares tell her so.

You will be reminded of your own family traditions, great and otherwise.

I was taken in by the humor and laughed all the way through the first three scenes.

The final scene brings the more dramatic payoffs.  As she ages, things happen to mom to allow her to be more herself, ironically.  It is in this transformation and after that Bryant does her strongest work.

The family conflict and each character’s arc resolves, even if not quite as you thought they might.  What you are left with is an experience of a loving, imperfect family that has held together over decades, despite the differences.

Making God Laugh runs Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 26 at 2 p.m. and then the following weekend, Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, at the same times.

It plays at the Music Project Playhouse at the Everett Mall, 1402 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett.

For tickets and more information go to: http://www.cctbothell.org

 

 

 

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