For those who have always enjoyed those buddy action movies that Hollywood pumps out, “Ouch, That Hurts!” is a nice little Fringe hors d’oeuvres for your enjoyment. Running barely 30 minutes in length, this original comedy revolves around two soldiers in Iraq contending with sand, sergeants, scorpions, and terrorists.
Barry Mullins (Scott Parkinson) and Reggie Martin (Chris Amicault) are lifelong buddies. That means they can affectionately exchange the most profane of insults, call each other ethnic epithets, and recall resentments from grade school days, among other male bonding rituals. They also tend to complain nonstop, which ranks among the favorite pasttimes of soldiers.
In fairness, the two men have much about which to complain. Among the pests found in Iraq is Sergeant Bickers (Colin Hooker-Haring), who gratuitously insults the men while “volunteering” them for a dangerous patrol. When the two men face a threatening situation, he doesn’t want to hear about it if it will cause him more paperwork. This situation leads to the standard disclosure of secrets and revelations between the two soldiers, all of which are played for laughs.
Director Natalie Cutcher keeps the tempo high and orchestrates some nice nonverbal sequences underscored by hip-hop music. Sure, the play is lacking in military versimilitude and depth, but Parkinson and Amicault exchange some spirited and amusing banter. If you are looking for a comic change of pace in your Fringe viewing, “Ouch, That Hurts!” is easy to fit into your schedule.
“Ouch, That Hurts!”
Written by Jack Powers
Directed by Natalie Cutcher
Produced by The Jackass Players
Reviewed by Steven McKnight
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