Everybody Gets Cake! OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    January 16, 2015
    Closing:
    February 8, 2015

    Theater: 59E59 Theaters / 59 East 59th St., New York, NY, 10022

    Synopsis: 

    Step into the deliciously warped minds of comedians Joel Jeske, Danny Gardner, and Brent McBeth as they present a dizzying array of the outrageously unexpected. The show is an attention-grabbing, non-linear, topsy-turvy treat. And in the end, Everybody Gets Cake! New York City's preeminent physical comedy company makes a welcome return to 59E59 with their fourth show and first 'talkie!' Known for its Drama Desk- nominated triumphs, including Room 17B and Time Step, Parallel Exit is sure you whisk you away on a wave of whimsy!

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Everybody Gets Cake!

    Hooked on Novocain? Call This Number

    Neil Genzlinger

    January 23, 2015: In its humor, Everybody Gets Cake!, the comedy troupe Parallel Exit’s new show at 59E59 Theaters, is a throwback. Specifically, it’s a throwback to 1968. That is the year Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In took television by storm (after having been introduced as a television special in 1967). Everybody Gets Cake! is so reminiscent of the show that it’s presumably a homage. Not only do the rear panels of the set have doors like the Laugh-In wall (and, yes, performers stick out their heads to deliver jokes), but some of the characters we see are also clearly descendants of Arte Johnson’s. Structurally, too, the show is a child of Laugh-In, mixing recurring bits with one-shot gags. Less deliberately, it has the hit-or-miss quality of Laugh-In, too. The best material is wryly amusing, but not all of it works. That makes Everybody Gets Cake! a thinner show than Room 17B, the troupe’s rollicking 2011 offering at 59E59. A skit about a Novocain abuse hotline is pretty hilarious, as is one about an invisible rake. But the tone wanders from vignette to vignette, which makes it hard to latch onto the overall package.

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