Whether you claim the 99, the 47 or the 1 percent, identifying one's place in the Big Pie Chart of American Life can be empowering. Just ask the cast of Phamaly's Vox PHAMALIA, whose members are counted among the 17 percent of Americans who live with some form of mental or physical disability. For these folks, day-to-day life is inherently challenging -- and can be rife with comic fodder.
Opening tonight, Vox PHAMALIA: Cinco de Vox will revive favorite material from the sketch-comedy series' five-year history. But the focus is on the new stuff, all of which is written and shaped by cast members, with guidance from director Edith Weiss. No topic is too taboo or squirm-inducing: Skits include "I See C.P.P.," which explores four perspectives on cerebral palsy; "Gimps Gone Wild"; and a comic meditation on the logistics of the colostomy bag. "Everyone has a different experience, but the perspective seems to be the same: Life's a bitch, now get on with it," Weiss says. "We love political incorrectness, irreverence, and, like the guy from the insurance ads, wreaking mayhem on people's preconceptions about people with handicaps."
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Vox PHAMALIA: Cinco de Vox runs through November 11 at Su Teatro, 721 Santa Fe Drive. The performance on Sunday, October 28, will include American Sign Language interpretation. Tickets range from $10-$20. Call 303-575-0005 or visit www.phamaly.org for the full schedule.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Mon., Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Oct. 26. Continues through Nov. 11, 2012