To their credit, the couple is recognizable — those perplexing fixtures at someone else’s party that are both codependent and unconsummated. As the show repeatedly demonstrates, the answer is “no one.” Esther and Benji manage to mooch off of, insult, or alienate nearly everyone who comes across their path — and unlike the more mature comedy “You’re the Worst,” the two don’t even have a charming, biting chemistry with each other.
Povitsky, on her own, manages to sell her moments of absurd frivolity; you might recognize her as Rebecca’s stalker-ish hanger-on in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” In a few very L. scenes, she demonstrates an uncanny awareness of the social dynamics of “hotness” — playing up her girlish vocal tics when talking about her instagram, and impulsively buying five bags of spirulina crisps because she’s convinced they’ll make her glow.
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Using a magic lantern, Thomas projected a series of still images on a screen simultaneous to live performances.
All Along The Watchtower | Song Around The World I remember having a daydream about the opening acoustic guitar part of “All Along The Watchtower” ending with a Native American scream and a big native drum on the downbeat.
That was the spark to assemble one of our biggest and deepest Songs Around The World.
But the show is a poor facsimile of its forbears, without either the sharp observations or the engaging characters.
The flimsy premise of the show is that Esther and Benji (the executive producers and stars, playing versions of themselves) are too dysfunctional to get along with each other but too awful to get along with anyone else.
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