The beloved comedy troop,Second City, was in fine form with their latest City takeover. Second City Does Dallas is a wonderful look into the big pockets, big hair, and big egos that make up our kick ass town. Dallas’ own Liz MIkel especially shined in the production that last through September 30th. Must See Theater! Click thru for our favorite moments from the show.
Over a month ago, writers Brooke Breit and Ed Furman visited Dallas to get a start on dissecting our fair ‘burg. The duo visited some of our best attractions and took part in a lunch conversation with a group of us critics. We shared a few drinks and some quality food. Then we discussed traffic, Cowboy Stadium, the whole Museum Tower Issue, and our hatred of freaking Houston. All of these elements and much more would be perfected and tightened by a solid director, Matt Hovde, and his talented cast of 6.
Now here are our top five moments from an incredible opening night.
5. Improvisation is a staple of Second City and the 2nd Improv game the group played with us was most impressive. 2 groups, 3 words and by the 5th try a winner. Malignant, Albatross and who cares what the third word was, did you read the 1st two? Who guesses Malignant & Albatross? Impressive.
4. Speaking of Impressive, Liz Mikel’s solo song number was seductive, bold and downright captivating. She spent the majority of the song in-the-crowd hitting on men and even allowing her ample bosom to acquaint itself with a shy speechless gent from the crowd. Liz was mesmerizing and really shined brightest. As a proud Texas woman there isn’t any denying that you better listen to every word she utters.
3. Dallas Cowboys are not only America’s team, but the most recognizable symbol of our city. Going hand-in-hand with Staurbach, Landry, Jerry Jones, and the Triplets is the lovely ladies that grace the sidelines pompom-in-pompom readiness. Frank Caeti and Amanda Blake Davis‘ dueling cheerleader hopefuls was visually stunning and downright skillful for the back and forth dance-offs. Frank’s belly will haunt your nightmares as he glee-fully pulls off a flawless handstand.
2. A short joke that involved Liz Mikel, wearing a Baylor sweatshirt, being “done” from behind was the perfect cherry to the night’s ice cream sundae.
1. The moment that stands out the most to me was easily the riskiest skit that involved a solo John Sabine (Lake Highlands product). He wore a Dirk Nowitzki jersey and acted like pre-teen Klyde Warren, who’s name will always be associated with the Woodall Rogers Freeway’s park that his pappy named after him. A naming that may have been missed by most Dallas folks, was brilliantly spoofed by a wild ass John Sabine saying all the terrible life choices he can make. None of those outcomes will change the fact that we have a freaking parked named after a child. What, there weren’t enough famous Dallasites to remember? No we had to name the park for a future rich kid. It showcases the selfish, idiotic & youthful choices our city seems to love. Overall it summed up our city amazingly.
But I hope you realize that this group of talented folks aren’t trying to just bash Dallas. Rather, Second City Does Dallas is an intelligent evaluation of our city that makes us both prideful and also hope for smarter changes in our future.
The show lasts through September 30th. Go!