The Second City's new revue, She the People: A Girlfriend's Guide to Sisters Doing it For Themselves, features an energetic group of six women tackling everything from Ross and Rachel to the patriarchy. Despite lacking the political edge one may expect in an early 2018 offering, the production is perfectly funny and unabashedly feminine.
It's worth noting that much of the material for the production was written well before the revelations of the last year - and while some are ever-hungry for activist entertainment, this may actually work in SHE THE PEOPLE's favor. The sketches almost seem reminiscent of a simpler time, pre-Trump and the 2016 election, and these female comedians are able to showcase their talents in the types of sketches that have benefitted their male counterparts for years.
The only major disappointment, then, is the typecasting throughout. Every woman on stage seems more than capable of transforming, yet it's clear within the first few minutes of the show which roles each will be filling within the scenes, and these assumptions are never challenged over the two acts.
While the casting may play it by the book, the scenes in She the People at least refuse to skewer the low-hanging fruit. There are very few jokes at the expense of men, creating a warm atmosphere and inviting laughter from everyone, regardless of sex. Grab your girlfriends - and everyone else - and head to The Second City to see a talented ensemble of women celebrating each other and their life experiences.
Review by Jason Berger
She the People continues at The Second City through April 1. More info here.
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