This is the one act of this year’s Comedy Festival that no one could really explain. You just had to see it. And I did. It’s terrific. If you like this kind of thing. It’s surreal, I should say first, because it’s a series of character, all of them really funny, with no apparent connection between them.
At least it wasn’t apparent to me, and this I should stress made the experience all the more fun, because I had to make the effort to figure out what was going on. I like the mystery while I’m laughing, I guess you could say. Anyway, there are 14 characters, all played by Jet Eveleth (of The Reckoning and I Live Next Door to Horses) and Brendan Jennings (who’s also in the Cook County Social Club). My favorite bit was when Jennings put on a pair of kitten ears and did a dead-on imitation of a cat, the best I have ever seen. Meanwhile Eveleth is dressed in a tutu and thick glasses. She’s transformed into this nerdy girl who wants to play with the kitty. For the next — oh, I don’t know — 15 minutes or so, all you hear is the nerdy girl saying, “Come here, kitty; come here, kitty,” over and over and over again with Jennings continuing, no matter how strained the kitty refrain become, to be complete indifferent. If you like surreal humor, this is for you, because you can enjoy the hard-to-find discovery of what it’s like to laugh and then cringe and then laugh some more and then grow bored and maybe get disgusted and then laugh until you’re laughing the deepest, darkest laughter that you had no idea lived inside of you. That’s the suspense of Roseville. —John Stoehr
Information: See Roseville tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Lance Hall, $12.50
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