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NY1 Theater Review: "Unconstitutional"

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Comedian Colin Quinn is tackling the U.S. Constitution in his latest off-Broadway solo show, "Colin Quinn Unconstitutional." NY1's Roma Torre filed the following review.

Colin Quinn is back on the boards with another solo show, this time off-Broadway. The former "SNL" comic is applying his wicked wit to that most sacred of American documents -- the U.S. Constitution. Entitled "Colin Quinn Unconstitutional," the 60-minute riff feels more like a work in progress but there's still no denying "We the People" are duly entertained.

To say that he's funny is only the half of it. Quinn has a unique gift that enables him to cut laser-like right to the heart of any issue and frame it in a modern context, and so he says because the Constitution was written during a four-month drunken binge, Americans have a drinking personality. We are alternately, generous, flirty and argumentative among other things. With his gravelly Brooklynese he fearlessly sends up our cultural sensitivities, from religion to race.

The intimate Barrow Street Theatre is an ideal setting for the work, and under Rebecca A. Trent's direction, Quinn makes maximum use of the space. But the material, particularly in the last half, seems to lack cohesion, and compared to his Broadway outing three years ago helmed by Jerry Seinfeld, "Unconstitutional," funny as it is, feels unfinished.

Quinn seems to be able to talk faster than most people think. The result is savage humor that's sometimes garbled. Fitting, I guess, for a nation with a drinking personality.

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