BOTTOM LINE: Hilarious show by a current stand-up comedian and former member of the U.S. Navy that goes much deeper than you’d expect.
I loved Over There, PJ Walsh's solo show that is based on his own life experience with the U.S. military. From the beginning of the show, watching snippets of PJ Walsh’s stand-up, until the final black out, I enjoyed the whole ride. Walsh is a talented performer and his life story crosses paths with the likes of Mother Theresa, President Clinton and his Drill Sergeant. Okay the last one isn’t as famous, but Walsh plays all of these characters from his life with such skill that they really pop off the stage.
Over There is not only about Walsh's time in the U.S. Navy, but also about how he has continued to be involved with the armed forces by performing in Iraq and Afghanistan. The military is a big part of who PJ Walsh is (10% of the show's profits will be donated to organizations that help soldiers returning to the U.S.), and his perspective and experience of what’s happening resonates in a way I didn’t expect it to. I highly recommend this show. It’ll make you laugh, think, and leave with a glimpse to a side of stand-up you might not expect to see.
(Over There plays at Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, through August 25th. Remaining performances are Wednesday 8/18 at 4:30pm, Saturday 8/21 at 2:45pm, Sunday 8/22 at 6:15pm, and Wednesday 8/25 at 9:45pm. For more information visit www.overtheresoloshow.com. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and are available at FringeNYC.com, by calling 866.468.7619, or in person at FringeCENTRAL, located at 1 East 8th Street at 5th Avenue. There is NO LATE SEATING for Fringe NYC shows.)