Five Reasons Why The Secret Comedy of Women is a Secret Worth Sharing
By: Iris Wiener
July 26, 2019: The Secret Comedy of Women is an original comedic revue/sketch show written and performed by Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein, in which the truth, humor and zaniness in being female is not only recognized, but also celebrated. Now playing through August 11th at Port Washington’s Landmark on Main Street, Women features comedy, improvisation, audience participation, songs and videos. Here are five reasons why this show is an uplifting experience worth having:
- The nostalgia. Audiences are invited to enter the bedroom of a teenage girl of yesteryear, adorned with posters featuring Shaun Cassidy and the Osmonds, troll dolls, trophies and Raggedy-Ann. The furniture and its accoutrements are reminiscent of the 70s with a crocheted chevron blanket and a faded white trunk in the corner. Two women engage the crowd by telling their fortunes- with a paper fortune teller. These lively ladies recall how Harlequin books changed their vocabulary as they remember the seemingly life-changing invention of the Miracle Bra. They consider what it was like to ponder over diary entries and which items deserved to be saved in memory boxes. It would be impossible not to find something in Women that brings you back to your own childhood, whenever that may have been.
- The relatability. Not only are Barbara and Linda on stage well before curtain, but they’re outfitted in nothing more than their underwear. Perhaps this is meant to symbolize that women should strive to be comfortable in their own bodies; it might celebrate the fact that women are ultimately hardwired the same way; whatever the reason for it, it allows for an instant intimacy with their audience, while giving them the opportunity to commiserate over the joy, trials, and tribulations that their bodies entail. Also relatable? The stories unearthed in Barbara and Linda’s diaries from the age of 12, ranging from the fear in being a late bloomer, valentines (both given and returned), and a young person’s resilience in the face of death. Additionally, accessible humor and familiarity is expressed through…
- The musical numbers. The show borders on Saturday Night Live humor in a bit in which the “hosts” don the personas of two adolescents who have been tasked with schooling fifth graders on puberty and all that it entails. Their presentation culminates with the ditty “Vasectomy, Vasectoyou,” a song that asks who thought to put the “guy in gynecologist” and the “men in menopause?” The women also wax poetic in a cute number about bras and their inhabitants. It would be an enormous challenge not to laugh through the finale, a ballet in which the pair struggle to get into their pantyhose.
- The heart. With all of the humor in sketches such as an improvised “shower” for an audience member and a visit to “Craft Corner,” at which retirees give tips for lesser known uses of feminine hygiene products (Christmas ornaments, winestoppers, Halloween decorations…you have to see it to believe it), there is a wealth of warmth and possibly even reason for a few tears as they pay homage to moms and the women who have come before us. Barbara and Linda admit to having met later in life, yet wish they had met many years prior; one can only imagine the results a longer relationship would have yielded.
- The…Who are we kidding? Though the show prides itself on the fact that men will love the show as well, there is no better excuse than this insiders club to leave them at home and celebrate the fabulousness of women!
Visit https://www.girlsonlycomedy.com/ for more information about the show or to purchase tickets.