"Acme After Dark," the newest evening of sketch comedy from the Acme Players, has its share of hilarious moments--but contains a bit too much filler for consistent palatability. A few pieces are more character-driven than comedic, emphasizing the eccentric over the entertaining.
The performances are strong--sometimes unequivocally, laugh-out-loud funny. In terms of both material and delivery, Audrey Rapoport stands out, spreading laughter to the rafters as a burnt-out former Mouseketeer on the skids who is now working a cheesy (no pun intended) after-hours joint back at "the park," a mouse-eat-mouse kingdom sadly altered since Walt's reign.
Michael Naughton also scores consistently, especially as a noise-sensitive moviegoer who goes progressively more berserk with each rustle or chomp from the surrounding audience. As a martial arts master whose weapons of choice are, well, fluffy, Jerry Lambert zings in laughs along with marshmallows. And Carolyn Hennesy delights as a gum-popping waitress taking tongue-twisting scripture orders from a Christian congregation.
M.D. Sweeney directs. The cast includes Kate Donahue, Robyn Donny, Erin Ehrlich, Susie Geiser, Doug Jackson, Scott Kreamer, Jeff Lewis and Antoinette Spolar.