Trick or treat
You might get a bag of and M&Ms and you might get a spanking from the New Wondertwins in their singing, dancing, comedic show "Sparklevision."
By ROBIN EISGRAU
Like a demented version of a 1970s TV variety special, "Sparklevision" packs a
twisted showbizzy punch. Starring the New Wondertwins (performers Rebecca
Finnegan and Susan Blackwell, who co-wrote the show with Gary Schwartz) this
show is a singing and dancing trip to a place where entertainment
conventions get tweaked.
In front of a huge cartoon drawing of the two
stars and two shimmery curtains, the New Wondertwins
open with a Vegasy, self-referential opening number followed by Blackwell
walking into the audience, selecting a female crowd member and kissing her
full on the lips (she does ask first); all the while, Finnegan sings a torch
song about how upset this makes her.
|Full title: The New Wondertwins in Sparklevision.|
Written by: Rebecca Finnegan, Susan Blackwell, Gary Schwartz.
Cast: Rebecca Finnegan and Susan Blackwell.
They follow this up with a routine
about their white-trash backgrounds and a choreographed catfight (yes, they
roll around on the floor at one point).
Up next is a segment about the
journey to Broadway of a musical called "Retarded Girl" (the New
Wondertwins warned you in the opening number that they wouldn't be p.c.).
This very funny show within a show has a pushy stage mother and Finnegan
doing a hilarious turn as cast member Eartha Kitt.
The hijinks don't end
there; there's a reading from Finnegan's novel, some ventriloquism, a mid-show
number where you may get bag of M&Ms and a spanking, a number by the
beleaguered, bright-eyed glittery Sparklevision dancers, a costume change
and a finale where the New Wondertwins make deviled eggs with their mouths.
One can imagine the New Wondertwins wreaking giddy havoc on a TV show of
their own, but for now catching them live is great tongue-in-cheek fun.
|APRIL 14, 2001|
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