BWW Reviews: Wilma Theater's ASSISTANCE is Funny and Authentic



Everyone's got to start somewhere. Unfortunately for Nick and Nora, that means working as office assistants for a demeaning and demanding boss. Juggling the never-ending phone calls, impossible expectations and nasty insults creates an office full of 20-somethings blinded by ambition and hooked on the need to succeed. Some thrive, while others are burned by the pressure of following their misguided dreams of success.

The second installment in Leslye Headland's "Seven Deadly Sins" series, Assistance focuses on greed through a piercing yet comedic look at office politics and relentless ambition. The play has recently been optioned by NBC for a television series to be produced by comedian Will Ferrell.

The Wilma Theater's production of Assistance stars Kevin Meehan and Kate Czajkowski as Nick and Nora, a pair who have a resounding chemistry that thrives through off-beat antics and warped humor. Spot-on facial contortions mix with flawless physical comedy in the elaborate dance of typical office life with a tyrannical boss. Meehan and Czajkowski are funny, authentic and seemingly having a ball portraying such lively characters.

Assistance delves into how a mindless motivation to get ahead can ultimately break you down and result in chaos, but it does this with a crass yet enjoyable hilarity. The Wilma Theater's production is well-directed and flawlessly executed. Catch performances of Assistance through February 3, 2013. For tickets and more information, visit

Photo Credit: Alexander Iziliaev

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Rebecca Goering Rebecca Goering is excited to share her love of Philadelphia theatre with! Trained in voice and piano, Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in both music and theatre production from the University of Delaware. She loves all aspects of theatre and has assumed a great assortment of roles in acting, stage managing and directing throughout Pennsylvania and Delaware. Rebecca is currently the Associate Director of Marketing & Communications for the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Rebecca was also the founder/editor-in-chief of the blog,, for which she received national recognition and critical acclaim.

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