SHOW REVIEW: Second City’s “The Good, The Bad And The I-5” at La Jolla Playhouse

San Diego’s a bit of a laughingstock these days, so it’s fitting that Second City should focus its new show “The Good, The Bad And The I-5” on our fair city and our not-so-fair mayor. The show plays through Sept. 1 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum.

Digging right into the Bob Filner mess upfront, the “mayor” reports that “I will be going on a two-week vacation to sex camp” and “I will do everything to help lead this great city – except resign.”

Filner is a recurring topic, but plenty of other things are up for satire, including the zoo (in a largely incomprehensible rap), Comic-Con, the seals at the Children’s Pool, Sea World (a girl singer named Soy, backed by pianist Pineapple, sings to the whales, though they don’t touch the current controversy about whether whales should be held in captivity at all).

They don’t miss a trick, even commenting on today’s report (certainly news to San Diegans) that an online TripAdvisor poll named San Diego the best place in the nation for pizza. That’s right. Pizza. Look it up.

The improv troupe also relies on audience participation. In this show, a long-married couple is interviewed about where and how they met; then the troupe improvised a love story about how that might have happened.

A bit about the Proposition 8 ruling pulls a “volunteer” out of the audience to play the boyfriend of a man going home to announce wedding plans to the parental unit.

They satirize La Jollans and Santee residents, even toss in national figures like former President Clinton (playing a sax) and “Prince Obama.”

It’s all very funny and in good fun.

It feels selfish to admit this, but of the three visits this comedy troupe has made to San Diego, this show is by far the funniest.

Is that because we are such easy targets, or because we’re just mostly self-interested? Maybe it’s just a reflection on me. At any rate, if you’re ready for some belly laughs (as opposed to the rueful OMG laughs we’ve been stuck with since the Filner debacle broke), get thee to this show posthaste.

The details

“The Good, The Bad And The I-5” plays through Sept. 1 at La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive (UCSD campus).

Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 pm; Thursday and Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 2 and 8 pm; Sunday at 2 and 7 pm.

Tickets:(858) 550-1010 or HERE.

To read more reviews by SDGLN Theater Critic Jean Lowerison, click HERE.

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