Monday, August 29, 2016


 Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy are two creative talents who have worked as actors and writers for over thirty years.  Parallel Lives, currently at The Falcon in Burbank has been around the world and back again with a non-apologetic feminist approach to comedy. Trefoni Michael Rizzi's simple set allows for the easy trading places of imagined characters created smoothly by Crista Flanagan and Alice Hunter as "Crista" and "Alice" bouncing (sometimes literally) through their paces in what is, essentially an evening of sketch comedy with the women creating a myriad of different characters, all with a comedic turn.
Christa Flanagan and Alice Hunter / Photo by Sasha Venola

Kathy and Mo's clever writing and nice direction by Jenny Sullivan move us through two acts of disparate subjects from the beginning of the world, over seen by two fluttering angels as well as, my favorite, a Disney Mothers of Princesses and others whose mothers have died!  Ariel's mom, Ethel Mermaid and Cinder Ella's mother, Barbara Ella, along with Bambi and Dumbo's moms carry on about their long lost children.  

Bible references bounce in and out "It's in the Bible!"  And,  with Flanagan and Hunter never missing a beat the show marches steadily along.  

Parallel Lives (the reference is obscure to me?) is light and easy fare for those who are ready to sit back and let the actors do all the work.  Some laughs are bigger than others, but it's just for fun. 

by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy

The Falcon Theatre
4252 Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 
Through September 18, 2016
Wed/Thu: $37.00 - $40.00
Fri/Sat/Sun: $42.00 - $45.00
Opening Night: $55.00 - $60.00
Students (minors or with valid student ID): $30.00
For tickets and additional information:
Please call the Box Office: 818 955 8101 

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