This is a highly symbolic or representative play, in that each of the characters personifies a sector of society or a philosophical ideal. Each actor brings their character into sharp relief. The costumes, the staging, and the posture of the characters work together to subtly evoke the aesthetic of Soviet propaganda posters. Most of all, it’s funny. This class is working together well as an ensemble; they’re obviously comfortable enough as actors and with each other to pull off the interwoven rhythm of the text. Half of the humour is in the text, but the other half is in the timing, and they’ve got that very nearly perfect.
FNL is sketch comedy (duh!) modelled on Saturday Night Live and Kids in the Hall. Digital shorts intersperse the sketches to maintain momentum during costume changes. This isn’t stand-up comedy with a yuck-a-minute. Rather, the performers take time in the story lines of the sketches to develop situation and character. There are laughs for the audience during the sketches, but the real belly laughs come with the punch lines. The funniest material can’t be quoted in a review without spoilers.