Twistory: The Historically Inaccurate Sketch Comedy Show is Magic Studio Productions latest show, hitting the Arts Court Theatre for a very limited time. It’s a sci-fi comedy that jumps through time and space at a lightening quick speed.
Should you see it?
Two best friends, George & Lucas, break the space/time continuum when they ignore a warning sign on a public outhouse implying that horrible things would happen if more than one person used the same outhouse at the same time. The two find themselves travelling through time meeting some of the most prolific people in history, but all they want to do is get back to their own time so they can make sure to catch the Huey Lewis and the News concert.
I have a hard time deciding where to begin with this review. Twistory is a rather ambitious piece of theatre as there are so many characters and so few cast members. The cast on hand created a solid amount of energy to propel this show from start to finish and were exceptional at hitting their marks and different caricatures.
Where this show falters, is perhaps in the notion that this is actually a sketch comedy show. While the entirety of the play, content wise, was disjointed with no real driving mechanisms or plot development, there was still the one underlying story. Two characters meet inaccurately represented historical figures throughout time (and space) and then come home.
The show is practically Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure if they didn’t want a sequel. Twistory is a show that doesn’t truly make any sense. George & Lucas both seem to have an innate knowledge of what is happening, immediately after it happens and seem to automatically know how to get home, they just have to keep trying in their “time machine” outhouse until they get there.
This is the type of theatre show that is a passion project. The cast and crew obviously had a lot of fun working on this show together, as it was a collaborative project. The cast exuded enthusiasm towards the audience as often as possible for the audience to participate in the fun being had on stage; yet there was something that just didn’t manage to translate from stage to seat, and perhaps that could have been the lack of character development or depth, perhaps it could have been the nonsensical elements that left me shaking my head more than laughing, perhaps it could have been the fact that the entire play is based on poop jokes, but overall there was just something missing that made Twistory feel like I was a few puzzle pieces short of completing what should have been a very easy puzzle.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Did you have a different experience with Twistory: The Historically Inaccurate Sketch Comedy Show? Join the discussion in the comments below and I’ll see you there.