Regional Reviews: Philadelphia
Those with 2 Clocks
Part provocative sketch comedy and part interactive experience, Those with 2 Clocks is satisfyingly well executed and marvelously unique. More importantly, it is a damn good time. The performers and creators of this exciting new work are Jess Conda, Jenn Kidwell, and Mel Krodman. Collectively known as Tall Order, the trio's sketch comedy is laugh-out-loud funny and more titillating than the red light district in Amsterdam. Their insights into the damage caused by the patriarchy are absolutely devastating.
It may be impossible to understand Those with 2 Clocks without experiencing it, but the basic structure can be broken down into three parts. The first part is a series of outrageously funny, frequently offensive, and always clever comedy sketches. There's a dirty Santa who turns out to be Bill Cosby and some aggressive cops who transition to exotic dancers in the blink of an eye. Less than ten minutes in and I was laughing so hard I cried. The second part is a more reflective transitional moment that pushes the boundaries of traditional theater and tests the audience's patience in the best possible way. The third part is an immersive onstage experience featuring great music, comfortable space, and some unexpected art.
Others have attempted this sort of interactive experience, but I have never seen it pulled off quite so well. I walked onto the stage expecting to make a quick loop and ended up staying more than an hour and having an absolutely great time dancing, sitting, chatting, and literally throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks.
Those with 2 Clocks is a challenging, unexpected, and deviously entertaining night out. The performance also offers a tantalizing glimpse into what theater will be like after the fall of the patriarchy. As the members of Tall Order would doubtless agree, it cannot come soon enough.
Those with 2 Clocks runs through October 23, 2022, at the Wilma Theater 265 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA. For tickets and information, please visit wilmatheater.org or call 215-546-7824.
Jess Conda, Jenn Kidwell*, Mel Krodman*
Costume Designer: Kimberly Max Brown, Phd