The recipe for a successful Fringe production tends to be the following: a splash of notoriety with a dash of hype combined with a sprinkle of shtick. And the team behind The Bardy Bunch took this completely to heart. They had a splash of notoriety (the classic sitcoms The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family), a dash of hype (and ensemble of 18 singing and dancing comic geniuses), and a sprinkle of shtick (The Bradys and Patridges battling in a war of words straight from the Bard himself). If you’re looking for a surefire laugh, look no further than The Bard Bunch: The War of the Families Partridge and Brady. I like to consider myself a professor of Pop Culture. Sure I lack the PhD, but I know my classic sitcoms. And believe me, there was not a single joke or reference I missed. I can’t say that I’ve seen every single episode of the musical family clans’ shows, but I’m pretty well versed. If you want to take away my theater degree go ahead because I have to admit, I probably know more about the Bradys and Partridges than I do of the work of William Shakespeare. Yet I was laughing from Prologue to final song. If you’re a fan of either show, you’re appreciate the lack of original music because you’ll know every song used. And you’re allowed to break out into laughter the moment the six Brady kids start “Keep On, Keep On Dancing,” choreography included. Though you forgive the weak and pigeonholed script, the show is all about laughing and poking fun at the families you grew up with, either in the 70s or on TV Land. And then there’s the Shakespeare aspect of the show. Throw in some of the Bard’s classic lines and plots into the Brady and Partridge world, you would think Willy envisioned the future. As I continue, just remember what happens in most of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Death. And The Bardy Bunch was a hilarious bloodbath. Though I may sound like I’m spoiling the plot, there’s no surprise there’s a Hamlet-esque finale.
The biggest question of this century has been who’s team are you on: Team Edward or Team Jacob. I personally don’t care. I’m still reeling trying to figure out if I’m Team Brady or Team Partridge. The Bardy Bunch is a campy laughfest that you’ll be sure to love.