“Philadelphia’s favorite stage couple,” Tony Braithwaite and Jennifer Childs, have paired up again for a delightfully witty comedy cabaret at 1812 productions, Let’s Pretend We’re Famous. The duo created this new show, a satirical and humorous view of fame that features celebrity impersonations, unique interpretations of many old standards and show tunes, and numerous other comedic jaunts.
If you are unfamiliar with Barrymore Award-winning Tony Braithwaite, the show provides an opportunity to get to know this Philadelphia funnyman at his best — singing, dancing, acting; an improv master, with a Stephen Colbert style quality and quick wit.
Jennifer Childs, Artistic Director and co-founder of 1812 Productions, shines with her beautiful voice and amusing accents and impersonations.
The two are lovable and charming and their chemistry is a joy to watch. The couple, along with Musical Director Owen Robbins’ piano accompaniment, skillfully entertains and sustains the laughs for the entire performance.
The highlight of the show is when an unsuspecting audience member is chosen by Braithwaite for a spin through “15 minutes of Fame” in real time. We follow the walk down the red carpet, guest hosting on Saturday Night Live, to the fall from grace and interview on the TV talk show host’s couch.
Want to pretend you’re famous? Catch this delightful production for an enjoyable, playful treat from Philadelphia’s “famous” stage couple!
Let’s Pretend We’re Famous runs through March 25 at Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Street, Center City Philadelphia.