You don’t. “Shine” sprawls all over the place. But along the way are some genuinely funny filthy lines; a few excellent comedy songs (the prerecorded orchestra drowns out lyrics); an enthusiastic cast, with Cass King’s Tallulah-like burlesque mistress a standout; and some hilarious costumes. The clichés pile up, and the second act, dealing mostly with a big black diva receiving her due, feels like a detour. But enough of “Shine” works that you hope they’ll keep working on it.
Presented by the Wet Spots as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at La MaMa ETC, 66-68 E. Fourth St., NYC. Aug. 13–28. Remaining performances: Mon., Aug. 23, 9:45 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 26, 2 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 28, 2 p.m. (866) 468-7619 or www.fringenyc.org.