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Monday, August 25, 2003

Westport Lampooned in NY International Fringe Festival

Todays New York Times takes a look at the just completed New York International Fringe Festival that includes a skit lampooning Westport, Conn.

Reviewer Bruce Weber writes:”ҒPeas and Carrots,” a sketch comedy show from the Courthouse Theater Company, which is based in Barnstable, Mass., on Cape Cod, has a nice, modest feel and a pleasing, self-aware sophistication.

ғThe best of the six skits in Stephen O’Rourke’s script are the first, Ginger’s Season,ђ a sendup of high society in which an actor posing as an audience member answers his cellphone to take a surprise call from an actress on the stage and gradually gets inveigled into taking part in the social snobbery onstage; and the last, Westport,ђ a rather ingenious lampoon of the decision to invade Iraq by depicting a Connecticut under siege and three denizens of Fairfield County holed up in a suburban house and living with their idea of deprivation: We’re down to our last wheel of brie.ђ

When their liberators finally appear, announcing that civil rights have been restored, one of the Westport women says, ӑWe didn’t use them, anyway. And the soldiers make their exit, vowing to continue their search for ґweapons of mass consumption.Ҕ

The program for the festival contains this description of “Peas and Carrots”: “Six sketches ranging from a drawing room comedy that goes terribly awry to a woman in Westport, CT desperately waiting for her UPS delivery despite the fact that invading forces are fast advancing and have just ‘liberated’ Darien.”

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