As the surge of improv comedy takes over the Fringe, Sisterwives brings a classic sketch show that packs a wicked punch. How to Hide a Body in New York is an eclectic blend of fast paced scenes covering everything from fake food to aeroplane romance. This show boasts clever and edgy writing; giving us a taste of the New York sketch circuit, in an intimate Fringe venue.
Classic sketch show that packs a wicked punch.
The timing of the show was a little stilted, with prolonged stops between sketches. A re-jig of the running order, allowing members to rotate more quickly, would have offered a slicker alternative. What the team lacked a little in timing, they made up for in comedic talent. Emily Draper shone with a cool and colloquial acting style which was refreshing in the midst of the surreal sketches. Both Blair Peyton and Sterling Mulbry also show clear acting prowess, with a natural command of the stage and impeccable comic timing.
Scenes with Frankenstein, scarves and some calamity with cold brew were among the highlights, playfully testing the line between the conventional and the slightly absurd.
Whilst some sketches were pitched perfectly, others seemed to fizzle slightly, lacking the punchy ending needed to smoothly move into the next scene. Though the writing is sound condensing or refining longer scenes might keep the laughs flowing for longer.
Sisterwives deliver staple sketch comedy to end a successful Fringe debut. As competition in the sketch comedy circuit is fierce and standards across this medium are high, this show would benefit from further polishing to make this material shine. This group has plenty of potential, with further material exploration and slicker scene changes, this show could be the one to watch in the future.
You may not need to a bury a body but this show is an hour well spent; exploring the weird and wacky sketch talent that New York has to offer.