The best comes magically in The Best Is Yet to Come Undone- Paul Bellini - MyGaytoronto
The best comes magically in The Best Is Yet to Come Undone 13 April 2018.
Second City's new MainStage show, The Best Is Yet To Come Undone, starts with an uncomfortable scene in which a man (Chris Wilson) negotiates every single move he makes with his date, played by the fetching Stacey McGunnigle. It's one of several sketches in the show that takes on topical hot-button social issues.
It helps that the cast is diverse, and very talented. Sharjil Rasool (who I recognize from a workshop I taught years ago at Comedy Bar) stars in a very funny sketch about being the mascot for a sports team called the St. Catharines' East Indians. Brandon Hackett does an edgy piece about being mistaken for Denzil Washington, and how that's racist (but it's okay if you mistake him for Michael B. Jordan). McGunnigle shines in a sketch about a frantic girl breaking up with her boyfriend because she has suddenly become aware of her worth. Hackett also does a TED Talk about representation, and how everything is queer.
All this satire got me thinking, but ultimately, it was a silly sketch about Luke the Asshole Magician (played, in a horrid wig, by Wilson) that had me collapsing with laughter. A parody of modern magicians who use loud rock music and flashing lights and even hapless audience volunteers, every lame trick is capped off with a shove-it finger to the audience. I'm still laughing about it today.
The Best Is Yet To Come Undone modulates well, from the brashness of Luke the Asshole Magician to the almost-whispered performances of the three female cast members (McGunnigle, Allana Reoch and Nadine Djoury) as public radio broadcasters. There was also the haunting comedy of Reoch's sketch, in which she used an audience member to play her deceased father in a phone call. This is a MainStage show that takes chances. Not everything lands, but no one ever broke new ground from doing the usual.