The Strange Misadventures of Patty, Patty's Dad, Patty's Friend Jen, and a Bunch of Other People

When we first meet our yuppie heroine in Allison Moore's musical dramedy, her life is a swirl of professional success, wardrobe perfection, and decaf lattes. But then, high-strung careerist Patty (Marianna de Fazio) has her life turned upside-down by the reemergence of her estranged drunk of a dad (a believably impaired Jon Lee), whose recent stroke has left him frail, aphasic, and dependent. Suddenly Patty must confront long-suppressed issues that have been buried by work--she's an economist--and all those shopping bags in the closet. What ensues in Strange Misadventures is a path to self-discovery related via vignettes from Patty's everyday life, monologues, and sudden, wacky musical numbers. The antic 2004 play, directed by Amy Poisson, does everything possible to resist its own melodrama. Patty is abetted by her zany housemate Jen, the most entertaining character in the piece, who makes us fond of type-A Patty mainly because she is, too. Played to perfection by Kelsey Yuhara, Jen is a cancer researcher/superhero (yes, really) who enters her scenes on a zip line. Clad in a green unitard, she's J-Lo-tastic; and her backside steals nearly every scene she's in. The highly capable de Fazio is on stage for nearly the entire two hour show. She ably navigates Patty from repressed corporate suit to a warrior wearing a very different kind of costume. The strong supporting cast has fun with multiple roles; a standout is Jason Pead's disaffected, snarky barista. Also noteworthy is the clever sliding set design of Jen Zeyl that lets us travel seamlessly with Patty during her strange and amusing adventures. (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., plus Mon., Aug. 8. Ends Aug. 27.) MA'CHELL DUMA LAVASSER

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Mon., Aug. 8, 8 p.m. Starts: July 29. Continues through Aug. 27, 2011

 
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