BWW Review: Laugh at 2017 with Second City's PARTY TODAY, PANIC TOMORROW
Are recent events making you feel angry, scared, annoyed, freaky? Laugh them off with Second City's hilarious new revue - PARTY TODAY, PANIC TOMORROW. The funniest performers in Toronto parody the headlines of today in sketches that run all the way from dark, to just plain weird.
Leslie Seiler directs the madness, alternating the length of scenes with high-energy transitions - which makes for excellent pacing. The show is written and performed by the six hilarious company members - Nadine Djoury, Brandon Hackett, Devon Hyland, Colin Munch, Ann Pornel and Allana Reoch. Together, they create comedy magic on stage - eight shows a week.
Each performer is unique in their approach to comedy. Djoury provides an endless supply of facial expressions. Brandon Hackett - a smile that flips from sweet to deranged in seconds. One of Hackett's brief scenes on gun violence is still haunting me. Colin Munch performs a stellar, choreographed sketch of a YouTube personality that includes one of the funniest Steve Bannon jokes I've heard yet. Devon Hyland shifts into each new character with ease, making him unrecognizable in each new scene. Ann Pornel is aggressive and loveable, all at once. Allana Reoch has incredible vocal dexterity, her voice morphing from posh house hunter to banana-dropping child.
PARTY TODAY, PANIC TOMORROW will leave you exhausted from laughing so hard and also leave you questioning certain things you find absolutely hilarious - wolves, for instance. The show makes for a great first date - unless you snort when you laugh, then you should probably just go by yourself.
Second City's PARTY TODAY, PANIC TOMORROW runs every Tuesday-Thursday at 8pm, Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm & 10pm, Sunday at 7:30pm at the Mainstage Theatre, 51 Mercer Street, Toronto, ON.
For more information, or to purchase tickets visit secondcity.com or call the Second City box office at 416-343-0011
(Photo credit: Rachel McCaig)