Live from the Frigid Festival, it’s Rotten Apple! With New York inspired sketch comedy, Rotten Apple brings a basket full of juicy fruits mixed with a couple with some worms crawling out. Written and directed by Amanda Nicastro and Matthew K. Sears, Rotten Apple is a sketch tribute to the city that never sleeps.
In addition to Sears and Nicastro, Rotten Apple featured the comedy stylings of Monique Moses and Adrian Sexton. Moses was the star the night. Moses easily transformed into her various characters offering an array of energy and enthusiasm. Her strongest character was her cable company phone operator. She elevated what could have been a weak sketch to something notable. Sexton happened to flourish in the same sketch playing the Devil. Their chemistry is insurmountable. While the pigeon lady sketch ended up being sad, the character Nicastro crafted had potential to be a recurring character. There was much promise in this character. For Sears, being the sole male presence forced him into the straight man role. That being said, when he was solo as Nathaniel Peppercorn, a new side of Sears was showcased. And it was great.
Rotten Apple earns great respect for their thematically fluid evening of comedy. But some of the material needed some more workshopping before putting it in front of an audience.