The PJ-donned duo of Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen return to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company for a show this holiday season called Just The Two Of Each Of Us. Of course there’s nothing to read into the title, their surreal, imaginative, and somewhat improvised comedy style hasn’t changed for those that caught them last year. Those that have yet to experience The Pajama Men need to do so as soon as possible. Chavez and Allen once again bring a heavy dose of physical humor, with amazing vocal and facial performances that result in a night of good ol’ clean fun.
The framework is familiar: a series of sketches involving characters who are all somehow intertwined into a bigger, more fantastical story. Without revealing too much, expect knights, monsters, and a woman with one-arm. The jokes feel like a Family Guy cut-scene, down to the milking of every moment which still has the audience in stitches regardless. The loose storytelling is beautifully mashed up with improvised moments where you can see the duo struggle to keep a straight face as they attempt to one-up each other.
What makes the show most amazing however is Monty Python-like comedy that doesn’t have to resort to dirty undertones to achieve its goal. Cheesy one-liners, clever wordplay, and the ability to bring the audience in on the joke is all The Pajama Men need to make this sleepover a success.
The Pajama Men: Just the Two of Each of Us performs now through January 5, 2014 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, located at 641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004. Closest Metro stop: Archives/Navy Memorial (Yellow/Green lines). Tickets start at $55. For more information call 202-393-3939.