THEATER REVIEW: "The Realish Housewives of San Diego: A Parody"

It’s difficult for me to understand why anyone would care about anybody else’s “real housewives,” but that just shows how far behind the curve and out of it I am.

So I went down to the Balboa Theatre last night to see what Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe’s version has to offer.

I’m happy to report that “The Realish Housewives of San Diego: A Parody” (playing a short run through Feb. 7) is a total hoot.

The troupe of six, now on a national tour, operates from a skeletal script which is beefed up with local references as they travel from city to city.

It parodies the popular TV show by offering five “wives” (only one of whom is currently married), who talk to, about and over each other, spurred on by the show’s host and instigator of conflict, Randy (Jackson Evans).

The women are fairly standard types. There’s Ravonka (Lori McClain), the real royalty, who thinks she’s the center of the universe. A baroness with an uncertain accent, she becomes known as “baronass” when the frequent henfights erupt.

Gwen (Katie Caussin), “now Mayor Faulconer’s top adviser,” took her husband’s place on the city council when he unaccountably disappeared.

She has spent some time behind bars (“You were discovered making threatening phone calls to Chargers owner Dean Spanos,” says Randy).

There’s Brooke, in a lipstick-red pantsuit and lacy black top, who announces “I’ve been an entrepreneur all my life. Now I’m doing butt writing (on clothes), like “If you feel stuck, push harder.”

C.L., the only current wife, gets to pick an audience member and pretend he’s her husband. He was the real star here, announcing his name as “Lucky Me,” which became a recurring joke.

Finally, obligatory blonde bimbo Desiree introduces herself this way: “I always stick my neck out for my friends. Maybe that’s because I’m a neck model.”

There’s nothing heavy or important here. This is just a night to relax and laugh at the silliness. Playwrights Kate James and Tim Sniffen know how to get a laugh, and the local references only add to the merriment.

If you’re as tired of politics as I am (or if you’re just tired in general), these “realish housewives” will take you away from all that for an evening of fun and frivolity.

The details

"The Realish Housewives Of San Diego" plays through February 7, 2016 at the Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Avenue, Downtown.

Thursday at 7:30 pm; Friday at 5 and 8:30 pm; Saturday at 2 and 8 pm; Sunday at 1 pm

Tickets: http://www.broadwaysd.com

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