From the Fringe: ‘Hell Freezes Over!’

Fringe review: ‘Hell Freezes Over!,’ Mo Laughs Comedy, Orlando

By Elizabeth Maupin

Probably we’d all be better off if the universe were organized along the lines of Jeff Jones’s rules – if God were an elderly Jewish woman in a track suit and Hitler a tiny-mustached incompetent whose gun belt keeps popping off.

That the gun-belt thing is an accident – a recurring accident, I might add – only adds to the pleasures of Hell Freezes Over!, Jones’s sequel to last year’s Welcome to Hell and a comedy with so many laugh lines that, when only half of them hit, that’s plenty.

Jones, a standup comic, himself plays Satan in this show, but despite the one-liners he’s almost (I said almost) straight man to the more accomplished actors in the cast: Elizabeth Murff as Satan’s right-hand woman and God; Kevin Bee as a troubled IRA agent and especially Doug Ba’aser as Hitler and a variety of other roles I shouldn’t reveal here.

No one would ever accuse Ba’aser of being able (or even wanting) to keep a straight face. But the best thing about Hell Freezes Over! is that everyone’s in on the joke.

Remaining shows: 7:30 p.m. Monday 5/24, 11:55 p.m. Tuesday 5/25, 6:50 p.m. Wednesday 5/26, 1:40 p.m. Saturday 5/29, 6:30 p.m. Sunday 5/30. Yellow venue.


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