|Christina Bianco. Photo: Joan Marcus
By Greg Edwards and Andy Sandberg
Starring Christina Bianco
Directed by Andy Sandberg
Westside Theatre (downstairs)
What's It All About?
Christine Evans (Christina Bianco) Edgely Prep, an elite Manhattan private school. Applications are due that day, and oh, bu the way, her boss seems to think she has organized an important donor fundraiser that evening. Christine tries to get acclimated, juggle the phone calls from parents wanting to know whether their child (who is so very gifted) has been accepted and do battle with a cut-throat admissions officer from another school who is threatening to have their event boycotted by PETA because of the alleged mistreatment of their school mascot.. Evans (of Forbidden Broadway and YouTube Diva impersonation fame). Puts the competitive nature of kindergarten enrollment procedures center stage for humorous scrutiny.
What Are the Highlights?
Bianco plays more than 40 characters, creating distinct voices and mannerisms for each and switching between them with lightning speed. It's fun to watch her in action. The light plot is fun and surprises with more depth than we first are expecting.
What Are the Lowlights?
The plot can only be stretched so far by one person on stage, forced to use a phone for most of the conversation. A tad too long, even at 75 minutes.
Application Pending plays downstairs at the Westside Theatre, 407 W 43rd St, NYC through April 19. http://applicationpendingplay.com. Performances are Monday and Tuesday at 7 pm; Thursday and Friday at 8 pm; Saturday, at 3 and 8 pm; Sunday at 3 and 7 pm.
Scenic design by Colin McGurk, costume design by Michael McDonald (Hair), lighting design by Jeff Croiter (Peter and the Starcatcher), sound design by Bart Fasbender (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).
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