A former correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Lauren Weedman juggles between Bust's more than two dozen characters, snapping back and forth with a frantic mania that's admirable, impressive and, more than anything else, intimidating when you stop to consider its scope. (Or, with the show's bare stage in mind, the thrift that plays against it.) Bust is a semi-autobiographic story, for all intents and purposes, about telling stories. The women at the overcrowded Southern California jail where Weedman eventually volunteers desperately want to tell theirs -- stories of abuse, of innocence, of regret -- but can't find any interested ears. In the midst of these potentially heavy themes, Bust is very funny. Weedman is a natural ham, throwing herself into each character with enough slapstick that even her body language draws laughs. Closes Friday, Dec. 23. Studio Theatre, 14th & P Streets NW. Tickets are $35 to $60. Call 202-332-3300 or visit studiotheatre.org.
Read Chris Heller's full review here.
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