"The world is so full of voices,
why are so many in my head?"
Much of the revue's focus (as "spoiled" in the introductory song) is about the split between what we're thinking and how we're acting....and the first sketch plays out the obvious. (People in an office discussed upcoming birthdays, and cast members announce "hidden" thoughts accompanied by dramatic changes in lighting). But from there, the material grows increasingly riskier...and comfortable in taking those risks. Lines of dialogue like
"That's a great tan!"
"No, actually, I'm black"
(In fact, my favorite sketch of the evening centers around the phrase "firefighter orgy"...and I'm willing to risk ending up high in Google search ranking around the phrase "firefighter orgy".)
From women encouraging their peers to "don't date a douche" to men embracing their self-esteem; from youthful escapades around YouTube and horses, Depraved New World provides moments of genuine surprise. Even during the "audience participation"-driven second half, troupe members manage to weave comic gold. Out of one audience member responded "pizza" when asked what they ate, troupe member Tawny Newsome provided rapid-fire monologue which had a perfectly scripted feel without any blank space. As another audience member provided minimal cues, both Mike Kosinski and Chelsea Devantez managed to wring further laughs for an admittedly tough situation. If improvisation is the creation of moments from random ideas, the Depraved New World troupe manages to create solid moments of humor and make it look effortless.
Depraved New World is more than just another Second City revue - it's an imaginative, inventive exploration around the dichotomy between our inner and outer lives. It's also a must-see experience.
Trust me - it's that good.