“Editor Pick! Rich and Duffy grab the audience’s lapels with four hands and shake vigorously.” – Flavorpill
“Hilarious…Unpredictable…Outrageous characters portrayed with humanity and nuance.” – Gapers Block
Hot damn! The initial reviews are in and the Mary Kay Letourneau Players are killing it. iO has extended their run and might do so again. If you haven’t yet seen these very funny ladies, get down to iO this Sunday!
Katie Rich (The Second City Mainstage) and Kate Duffy (Deep Schwa, The Playboys) are the Mary Kay Letourneau Players, a duo critics have called comedy “Kobe beef”. The two seasoned performers began writing together while traveling the country for The Second City’s National Touring Company and debuted their material at the 2011 Chicago Sketchfest to rave reviews. Directed by the immensely talented Irene Marquette (40 Whacks), the show dives deeply into characters, exposing their complex inner worlds. From elderly ladies yakking at a wedding, to working-class girls recovering from a weeknight bender, to the fallout from a facially-disfiguring monkey attack. The Mary Kay Letourneau Players tackle tabloid sensationalism and everyday life with an equally frank, head-on approach. After all, we are all only one or two bad decisions away from being a headline.
Time Out Chicago said “both performers are marvelous in their own right, but put together they create a rich tapestry of character-driven scenes” which are “patient, grounded and immensely rewarding.”
Flavorpill hails their show as “a heady mix of clever jokes, uncomfortable moments, and zaniness for its own sake.”
Gapers Block said, “the pair playfully skews the audience’s expectations in a series of unpredictable scenes, and director Marquette weaves them together seamlessly.”
Sundays @ 10:30pm, through March 11, 2012.
iO Chicago, The Del Close Theater, 3541 N Clark St (Addison & Clark), Chicago, IL 60657.
Get to know the Players at MKLPlayers.com.