The show is called:

It is described by its creator as:
“A bleak comedy written & performed by
Colleen Werthmann
and directed by Charlie Schroeder.”

See it Tuesday, October 26th at 8PM
at Westbeth Theater Center, 151 Bank Street
(btwn Washington & West Side Hwy)

Admission is free
Running time: 1 hr
For reservations and/or information
call (212) 603-1844

This show is highly recommended by the staff and board of McSweeney’s, who are not simply recommending the show because Ms. Werthmann writes things in McSweeney’s. (See her “During the Day I Am Privy to the Mechinations” in Issue No. 2, instructive here, as it is part of this show.) We are recommending this show because we have seen this show, and this show is a frequently startling and very often hysterical journey through the hearts and minds of a series of low-level employees — security guards, temps, a museum guard who writes a love note on a million-dollar painting — rendered with great poignancy and employing a few fairly stunning acts of ventriloquism.

This is a great show. Everyone who goes to this show loves this show. It is also free, and while we are not sure why this show is free, the fact of its free-ness makes the whole thing a kind of win-win-win-win situation. Lots of winning. So please be a winner. For once.

On behalf of the Aspen Comedy Festival Judges
a special 35-min version of the show will be presented
Wed. Oct 27th at 8:30PM
at the New 42nd St Theater,
348 W 42nd St (btwn 8th and 9th)
Admission is free; res/info (212) 603-1844.

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To commemorate this show, we have interviewed Ms. Werthmann, briefly. Here are the highlights:

Q: During the day you work at the U.N., doing some sort of website for kids. When you are not doing that, you often pretend to be people other than yourself on shows on television, including a recent appearance on “Sex in the City,” about which we have heard quite a “buzz.” My question is, how do you square such appearances with your so-called belief in peace for the Afganis, and what does Valerie Harper, who pretended to be your mother on the “Sex· City” episode, think about this and other things?

WERTHMANN: Valerie Harper may be my pretend mom, but she is a wonderful woman and also a vocal activist for many human rights organizations. If you get a chance to see the episode in question — in which I play the lesbian sister of S.J. Parkerâs love interest, you will no doubt see Harperâs rage, rage at injustice in our country and around the world, simmering just beneath the surface. This year’s episodes of “Sex and the City” are already in reruns now, apparently, so please look for it.

Q: You have also pretended to be other people on other shows. Please name these instances.

WERTHMANN: Other fabulous television appearances include HBO’s Breast Men (the dowdy “90’s Receptionist”), Guiding Light (once as a teenage drifter; again as an ornery slacker at a rural gas station), and All My Children (coke addict in Erica’s group therapy at the Betty Ford Clinic) and perhaps most embarrassingly, the dismal MTV sitcom Apartment 2-F (Catholic school girl). I tried very hard to upstage the principal actors, in hopes I would get a recurring role, no matter the vehicle, but all my efforts failed.

If space permits I would additionally like to explicate the theory that although all four women on “Sex and the City”, are attractive, only two of the four stars of Sex and the City are actually sexy: Kim Cattrall, the “slutty older one,” and Ms. Parker, the “columnist” whose date’s sister I played in the aforementioned episode. I find Cynthia Nixon, while fantastically talented, more cerebral than sensual — for me, a certain feral quality is SO important in a woman! — and Kristin Davis’s presence seems to me mannered and (though I hate to say it) somewhat dumb. If a man wants coitus with Hello Kitty, he can always buy one of those backpacks or stationery kits.

Q: If you were trapped under a building, what song would you sing?

WERTHMANN: Probably “Green Eyed Lady.” Do you know it? I really like that song.

Q: What is the angriest thing you have ever held in your hands?


Q: The interview is over. I thank you.

WERTHMANN: I also thank you.

Q: You are welcome.

WERTHMANN: Also you. Are welcome.

Q: Thanks.