Theater review: Best of Shadowbox Live

Between the big move to the Brewery District a year ago, the consolidation of their Columbus and Newport troupes and the expansion of their programming to nearly every day of the year, it’d be easy for the folks at Shadowbox Live to finish the year by taking it easy and throwing together a half-baked version of their annual “Best of” show.

It’d be easy, but fortunately, that’s not what Shadowbox does.

The “Best of Shadowbox Live” is a raucous good time that’ll even have the most cynical of viewers raving about the show.

Those who saw “Body Language” back in January will recognize a lot of the “Best of” show, because many of sketches come from that show — including “Sperm Dating,” a sketch that may actually rank as the troupe’s strangest and funniest ever. A lonely egg (Betsy Shortt) hosts a slew of sperm suitors as she looks for the perfect match.

Stories about driving couples also prove to be just as funny the second time around. In “Long Way Home,” a woman (Julie Klein) driving over to her ex’s house gets some sound advice from her GPS (Jimmy Mak), and “Battle Stations” has a couple (JT Walker III and Stacie Boord) using some convenient pop songs on the radio to express their unspoken feelings.

The musical stage is just as filled with highlights, including Jennifer Hahn’s take on Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet,” Amy Lay’s version of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” and an ensemble performance of Prince’s “Purple Rain.”