Sex and Sensibility

By Houdini Productions
Created by The Recovery Party
Intermedia Arts

Just so you know, this show has Adult language, Sexual Content.

A multifarious comedy that examines The Three R's: Relationships, Religion and small, furry Rodents (among other things). "The Recovery Party can be thought of as the Mensa Society for local comics" - CityPages

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up.

 Friday, 8/1 @ 7:00 p.m.
 Sunday, 8/3 @ 1:00 p.m.
 Monday, 8/4 @ 10:00 p.m.
 Friday, 8/8 @ 10:00 p.m.
 Saturday, 8/9 @ 5:30 p.m.
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So much fun!

by Jennifer Cummings on August 10, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

The audience was packed and they laughed the whole time (and there was plenty to laugh at). Very enjoyable to watch the cast, whether they were performing solo or with the other members of the troupe. The woman next to me actually cried during the bible reading - it was hysterical. I can't wait for the next Recovery Party show.

Jane Austen would Applaud

by Elizabeth Nessa on August 10, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Well done! I enjoyed this show - all of the bits. I laughed, smiled, and learned some new exciting ways to think of the alphabet and Shakespeare.

laugh out loud funny

by ashley guza on August 9, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

The show was very funny. I laughed the whole time. The cast was amazing! They are very good at what they do! I would definitely recommend this to everyone! I can't wait to see what they come up with next!

Highly entertaining

by Erin Perry on August 9, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is my first Fringe show, but I have been consistently pleased with the works of Josh Will over the years. The material is witty and the cast is talented. Will's irreverence is refreshing. The pace is perfect and kept me engaged. Excellent job.

Expected more

by LuAnn Monahan on August 9, 2014
This user has reviewed 9 shows

I have to be honest, I really expected more from this show. All five actors are talented and hit the mark with the skits they performed; I just expected to laugh a lot more than I did. Some of the skits were just plain silly and juvenile and others were at best, mediocre. I loved the wedding reading scene as well as the new animal alphabet skit.
Enjoyed it and not disappointed I saw this one, but can’t strongly recommend.

Ridiculously funny!

by Maria Hartwell on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

This talented crew of writers and actors left my friends and me with tears in our eyes from laughing so hard! Clever, witty, and the most provocative minds I've seen in Fringe. A must see!

Funny But Typical Fringe Fare

by Gretchen Grunzke on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

The sketches were clever and the actors adept, but Fringe-y in that the sketches were loosely related at best - they tried to tie them together using Jane Austen quotes on a screen but it didn't feel cohesive. But, Fringe is about trying things out and there were many laugh out loud moments - overall a solid production.


by Holly O'Keefe on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 8 shows

There were a couple of really good skits. The rest were mediocre, at best. Based on the experience of the cast, I expected more. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't had the high expectations.

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Many sketches - mostly hits

by Paul Clausen on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

This sketch comedy kept me entertained. As with most sketch shows, the hilarity of each bit varies, but each one is pretty short and they move along quickly. A few had me laughing out loud. This is a talented group of performers. Their well-practiced experience comes through. I'm especially impressed with the physical humor of Eriq Nelson and Joshua Will and their expressive portrayals of widely diverse characters. The set is just an open stage with minimal props and some projected backdrops. The connection to any Jane Austen themes, as suggested by the title, is only through some vaguely related quotations projected on the back wall. A fair bet for a Fringe comedy.

An hour that flies by!

by Max Wojtanowicz on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 9 shows

A series of sketches from some very very funny people. I loved it as the last show of my evening -- a great palette cleanser after a long night of Fringing! I'm definitely going to follow the Recovery Party from now on!

perfectly solid sketch comedy

by frayed edge on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 33 shows

a series of vignettes of varied length interspersed with marginally related austin quotes.

solid performances, directing, staging and tech all around with a huge bucket of good solid laughs, but i never really died laughing or had a "this is brilliant moment" although there are a number of great moments.

easily the most approachable and consistent comedy i've seen so far this year.

5-amazing theater-see it. now.
4-must see fringe-make time
3-average fringe-worth seeing
2-mediocre fringe-don't bother
1-bad fringe- no.
0-no. warn others

Room Full of Laughter

by Keelin Hurley on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

This was a well paced, tightly written, witty, and truly a laugh out loud comedy! Sketches were funny and provocative, but never played out for an easy laugh. It was a great night out!

Oh so Funny!

by Nanette Stearns on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 30 shows

I went to this based on the preview (a woman doing a reading at her ex's wedding). The stories were funny, the performers were excellent. I especially liked Jesus complaining about why he couldn't have both birthday and Christmas presents. I also liked the college student learning things through osmosis (hitting himself in the head with books). Very fast paced and engaging. Recommended.

Preview Drew Me In

by Marie Cooney on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 24 shows

Hysterical three minute preview drew me in to see this comedy. Every performer was equally funny, whether performing alone or with others. Videos often bother me because of sensitivity to light, but enjoyed their use of videos. Quotes may or may not be relative. But the full production was certainly lots of fun. Laughed, laughed, laughed to next Fringe show, a serious drama, so comic relief was greatly appreciated! Thanks and best wishes to all.

So much fun

by Jenna Neher on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Highly recommend this show. Hilarious and creative sketches. Loved the cast and the variety of characters they played...especially loved the disgruntled bridesmaid and the animal alphabet.

Great Sketch Comedy

by August Berkshire on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 52 shows

A great cast delivers a series of skits on diverse topics, from relationships to religion to the alphabet. Every one was a winner. The interesting Jane Austin quotes on the screen were a bonus.

Respectably Defiant

by Amy Burge on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 9 shows

Maybe I'm a bad parent, but I would totally let me kids see this and they are under 16. The sketchy are well-written, passionately performed and educationally witty. They never cross over the line of rude and crude. Lots of true LOL moments. Definitely try to catch it if you can.

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Sensible choice.

by Amy Bonifas on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Spoiler (?) this show has nothing to do with Jane Austen. Clever, wonderful performances from a cast without a weak link. Sketches moved at a nice clip without overstaying their comedic welcome. I will look for other shows these actors are in.

1 person found this review helpful

Regency Dadaism

by Christine Malcom on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 14 shows

A series of really well-done sketches, somewhere between Fry & Laurie and the Mighty Boosh. The Austen quotes are a bit shoehorned in, but who cares with five really talented performers with deeply warped brains?

Sex and Sensibility

by Annette Toews on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Best comedy I've seen in years! I rarely laugh out loud. I was laughing out loud!


by Mark Gaughan on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Really well written sketch comedy, performed by actors who clearly know what they're doing. Professional comedy at its best.

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lots of laughs

by Paul Honsey on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Regular laughs though out this one, the cast did a great performance and we had a great time.


by LL Mixalot on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

This is one of those shows that you keep thinking about after knowing that you missed some of the deeper satire because you were so caught up laughing at the obviously hilarious stuff (and there's lots of that). One of the best Fringe shows I've seen. And love, love the bumper music between acts -- keep it up Mr DJ!!

Sex and Sensibility

by Nicole Will on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Professional cast, well-conceived/performed sketches; monologues are outstanding!! Loved the variety of issues tweaked and explored on the comedic level. Excellent ensemble.

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by Scott Gilbert on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 48 shows

Wonderful scenes strung together with with Jane's wonderful writing. Highlights were Dawn's ex-girlfriend, Amy's waitress and the dance.

Spot-on Performance

by Ben Gleason on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

This was a sketch show of basically unrelated things and I laughed out loud many, many times. The performers really shined in this one. They are an extremely talented group. Five for performance, for sure but rounded down to a four because I like to see more structure/theme in short plays and sketch shows.

Premise doesn't work; still great show.

by Ariel Lopez on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 12 shows

Given the title, I spent the first half of the show examining the Jane Austin quotes that introduce each sketch and trying to figure out how they related to, well, anything. Eventually I gave up, and just enjoyed the comedy.

Fans of sketch comedy won't find anything particularly innovative, but what they do, they do really well. The humor runs the gamut from slapstick to dry highbrow, and everything in between. Even when they are treading on familiar comedic turf, it's clear these are all skilled actors, and their talent really makes each sketch work well.

There isn't really sex or sensibility here, but if you're looking for something that will make you literally LOL, I would cheerfully recommend this show.

Cracked us up !

by Corrinne Fiedler on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 32 shows

We saw Sex and Sensibility on the strength of their short Fringe Preview. The show isn't quite what we were expecting: it is a series of not-very-related sketches. But they were seriously hilarious with superlative acting. See it !

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by Karen Gardner on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

GREAT SHOW!! Laughs galore, fabulous writing, and wonderful casting. A MUST see

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Cast and crew

Dawn Brodey

a player

Dawn Brodey is native of central Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She currently works full-time as a freelance actress, playwright and historian. As a performer, her professional experience runs the gamut from Shakespeare on stage, to super-villain on film, to the Easter Bunny on Nicollet Mall. As a historian and playwright, Dawn has collaborated with, and been commissioned by, several organizations including: The Bakken Museum, The Museum of Russian Art, Interact Theater and Down in History Tours. Her Fringe credits include, "YARRRGH! THE LUSTY, BUSTY PIRATE MUSICAL," "ROMEO AND JULIET ON THE MOON," and "THEY CALLED HER CAPTAIN" (author). Dawn currently lives year-round on a houseboat on the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota... and is a very good Trivial Pursuit player

Jim Cunningham

a player

Jim Cunningham has appeared as Groucho in “THE COCOANUTS” and he is one of The 3 Guys in Tights in “THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE-ABRIDGED”. Cunningham was the original “Tony” in “TONY AND TINA’S WEDDING”. Jim's additional theatrical credits include 3 years in the Resident Company at DUDLEY RIGGS' BRAVE NEW WORKSHOP and “THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP” at the Milwaukee Rep. In 2006 he created “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, A LIVE RADIO PLAY” for The Saint Paul Hotel which completed it’s 7th year in December of 2012. Cunningham is the Host of “THE FEAST OF FANTASY” at The Minnesota Renaissance Festival where they turned him into a Bobblehead! This past October 2012 he created a new one man show “DARK CARNIVAL” for The Minnesota Renaissance Festival’s PHANTOMS FEAST.
Cunningham is also PA GUY and “Minister of Fun” for The Minnesota Twins
(17 seasons) and The Minnesota Wild (11 seasons).

John Gaspard

a director

John Gaspard produced and/or directed the hit Fringe Festival shows "DATING YOU MOM," "THE PROBLEM (WITH) YOUR MOTHER'S BUTT," "STAY, CARL, STAY" and "PHYRO-GIANTS!" He's directed several feature films, including "GHOST LIGHT," "GROWN MEN," "BEYOND BOB" and "RESIDENT ALIEN," and also written three books on low-budget film production. The second book in his Eli Marks mystery series, The Bullet Catch, will be released by Henery Press in November.

Eriq Nelson

a playa

Eriq has been an actor/writer/teacher/theatre maker for 17 years in the Twin Cities. Theatre credits include The Guthrie, Interact Center, 10,000 Things, The Brave New Workshop, Actor's Theatre of MN, among many others. For the last six years he has served as Production Specialist for Star Studio, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of MN in-house tv channel where he has performed over 1,000 live tv shows for patients and families. Eriq lives by the motto: "Always do your best. Unless you're super talented, good looking, and rich. Then you can pretty much do whatever you want and it doesn't matter how hard you try at anything, because at the end of the day, who cares? Look at my amazing house, with all of the cool stuff inside, my cars and boats, and my really hot wife! So, always do your best."

Amy Shomshak

a player

Past productions include: Guthrie Theatre: "A WINTER'S TALE," Riverside Theatre: "GUYS AND DOLLS," "HELLO, DOLLY!" "THE PAJAMA GAME," Actor’s Theater of Minnesota: "A CHRISTMAS CAROL," Theatre in the Round: "A PERFECT GANESH," "A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED," "ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD," "ROUND AND ROUND IN THE GARDEN," Minnesota Fringe Festival: "THE TAMER TAMED," "PHYRO-GIANTS!," "STAY, CARL, STAY," "THE PROBLEM (WITH) YOUR MOTHER'S BUTT," "DATING YOUR MOM" and the feature films "TENANTS," "DECEPTION," "GROWN MEN," and "GHOST LIGHT." She has danced for an eternity and trained in ballet academies in Russia and Kazakhstan.

Joshua Will

a player/director

Joshua Will is an Emmy-Award writer/perfrormer and an alumni of Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop. His BNW credits include (but are not limited to) such revues as the original "MINNESOTA! NOT JUST FOR LUTHERANS ANYMORE," "HAPPINESS FOR DUMMIES" and "SAVING CLINTON'S PRIVATES." As creative director of The Recovery Party, Joshua has created such audience favorites as (but again, not limited to) "BIG SMILE CAMPAIGN TEAM," "DEPARTMENT OF REDUNDANCY DEPARTMENT" and "PUSH BUTTON. GET BACON." His Fringe credits include "ANGELINA JOLIE IS A ZIONIST WHORE (OR: PLAN 9 FROM BAGHDAD )" and last year's "DATING YOUR MOM."

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"It's funny, clever, sketch comedy, perhaps like what Saturday Night Live is supposed to be" - Cherry and Spoon

Houdini Productions present a multifarious comedy by The Recovery Party that examines The Three R's: Relationships, Religion and small, furry Rodents... among other things.

Featuring a talented cast of comedic favorites from Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, Dudley Riggs/The Brave New Workshop and last year's MN Fringe hit, "Dating Your Mom."

But what's "Sex and Sensibility" really about? It's about 58 minutes.

"The Recovery Party can be thought of as the Mensa Society for local comics" - CityPages

"The jokes keep coming in this sharply performed series of oddball skits, fragments, and gags ... [that are] laugh-out-loud funny and a sweet-spot intersection of script and cast. It’s an hour that goes down easy, and leaves you walking out humming the hand-down goofiest Hawaiian melody of this year’s Fringe" - Minnesota Monthly