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A Review of 1812 Production's "Let's Pretend We're Famous"

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Jennifer and Tony (Photo by John Flak)

It struck me as a bit funny, while sitting in the audience at 1812 Production’s “Let’s Pretend We’re Famous,” that the show’s stars are kinda… well… famous. Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs are something of Philadelphia theater royalty, which was quite evident when Braithwaite went combing through the audience on opening night, seeking someone he didn’t actually know for one of the show’s segments.

While it’s true that Childs and Braithwaite might have trouble attracting A-Listers like Brad Pitt to appear in their show, this comedic duo has established a solid reputation in the Philly area for being ‘must-see’ entertainers.

“Let’s Pretend We’re Famous” is part sketch comedy, part audience interaction, and part song-and-dance cabaret. Braithwaite and Childs have created a show that isn’t so much about costumes and sets, but rather their raw comedic and vocal talents.

No where was this more evident than during the ‘audience participation’ part of the show. The duo pick a hapless and unsuspecting member of the audience to go through the ’15 minutes of fame’ process in just 15 minutes. At the opening night show, the victim was giving Braithwaite and Childs a run for their money, but they handled it like the comedic pros that they are, and the result was much hilarity for the audience to enjoy. I was nearly in tears when the audience pick told Childs that she looked taller from his seat. And of course, the beauty of this segment of the show is that it will be different and unpredictable each time.

If you love to laugh, and you want to see what a truly dynamic comedic powerhouse pair can do, this is a show you won’t want to miss. Braithwaite and Childs have an undeniable chemistry on stage that should be experienced.

The show runs through March 25th at the Plays & Players, located at 1714 Delancey Street, in Center City Philadelphia. Tickets range in price from $20 to $36, and are available by calling 215-592-9560 or by visiting www.1812productions.org.