Tuesday, August 17, 2010

FRINGE: Pigeons, Knishes, and Rockettes

Cynical theatergoers should probably avoid Diana Rissetto's Pigeons, Knishes, and Rockettes, but those who smile at the thought of Christmas cookies and cry every year during It's a Wonderful Life (full disclosure: I am in the latter category) may be unable to resist the charms of this romantic comedy.

Eve (Julia Arazi) is a bubbly romantic who knits scarves and is obsessed with Christmas. She is used to being overshadowed by her tall and attractive best friends/roommates, Georgia (Kristin Muri), a Rockette, and Cherokee (Matthew Waterson), an actor who, as you might expect, is gay. Then she meets Peter (Carl Howell), a jazz singer with a Christmas album who hates the holiday, but actually notices her.

Arazi and Howell are believably awkward in their courtship, providing some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. At the Fringe, with its avant-garde shows, it's refreshing to see a wholesome love story. Costume designer Lisa Renee Jordan and sound designer Jay Spriggs provide the knitwear and Christmas music that contribute to that winter coziness, even on a muggy August night.

Remaining performances are Wed 18 at 3:45, Fri 20 at 2, and Tue 24 at 4:30 at The Cherry Pit.


Unknown said...

Arazi and Howell, not Waterson, played love interests.

Linda said...

Oh wow, so sorry about that! Thank you for catching it.