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December 3, 2008 > Theater Review: 'Comic Potential' at American High

Theater Review: 'Comic Potential' at American High

Submitted By Troy River

American High School Performing Arts proudly presents Alan Ayckbourn's comedy, "Comic Potential". Both a hilarious satire of television and a touching romantic comedy, Comic Potential begins in a TV studio where a hospital soap opera is being taped. The actors, it turns out, are all actoids - robots programmed to play the parts of the show's characters.

Into the studio comes Adam, nephew of the show's producer and himself an aspiring writer who has long admired the work of the director Chance Tate (once a movie great and now a has-been). Adam strikes up a conversation with the actoid Jacie Triplethree (serial number JCF31333) and finds, to his surprise that not only can she carry on an unprogrammed conversation, she also is capable of creative imagination.

Adam envisions a new television series with Jacie as the star, but the studio rejects his idea and decides to melt down Jacie. Adam and Jacie run away, but cannot elude capture. In the course of events, Adam finds himself falling in love with the lovely Jacie. Will Adam get the green light on his series? Will Jacie avoid meltdown? Is there hope for this cross-circuiting couple? The answers when Comic Potential takes the Theatre 70 stage.

The show starsVicky Lopez ("Jacie Triplethree") and Stuart Gegenheimer ("Adam Trainsmith"). The show is rated PG13 for adult language and suggestive humor.


Comic Potential
Thursday, December 4 at 3:30 p.m., and December 5, 6, & 11-13 at 7:00 p.m.
American High School Theatre 70
36300 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
(510) 796-1776 ext 57702

Students: $8
General Admission: $10

Tickets can be purchased in advance at AHS's Theatre 70 (36300 Fremont Blvd, Fremont) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at the door on show nights (Box Office opens 45 minutes before show).

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