I like lasers and I like comedy. When I gave my 6-year-old son, Pudge, the opportunity to pick a show for us to see together, he was quick to select this one. So on Sunday, March 6, we headed to Lakeview to take in The Laser Comedy Show, part of Stage 773’s Inoffensive Theatre Series.
The laser bit is intriguing: Chris Fair uses laser reactive technology to produce images on a screen with this improvisational one-man storytelling experience. He’s behind the screen drawing and telling the story during the show.
For this performance, we were presented with “The Farm & The Star,” which told the tale of an unnamed dog, a cow (CowWow), and several other anthropomorphic barnyard inhabitants who feared the appearance of a sentient supernova. The premise held promise, but the execution was awkward.
Maybe the suggestions from the audience were lacking, maybe Fair was a little off his game, but it just did not click. The one thing I noticed was the silence — those moments when Fair was transitioning in the story could really have used some music, or perhaps background music throughout. I was uncomfortable in a mostly silent audience, particularly when Pudge asked when the 53-minute show was going to be over.
Don’t get me wrong, there were smatterings of laughter here and there, but most of the interaction/heckling came from a kid up front who took issue with Fair’s rendering of a crescent moon, which may or may not have resembled a banana.
The Laser Comedy Show will be back at Stage 773 on April 2. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Stage 773 is located at 1225 W. Belmont.