Actor Lynne Rosenberg draws blood early. En route to see her friend's experimental performance art piece, she quips, "Anything downtown these days that involves movement work is going to be a disaster," then strikes a mock Martha Graham pose. Buoyed by Rosenberg's laser wit, Naked in a Fishbowl is a delight.
The four actors -- Katharine Heller, Brenna Palughi, Lauren Seikaly, and Rosenberg -- play archetypal urban women in the Sex and the City mold, supporting each other through the thickets of love, sex, careers, and friendship.
Directed by Hugh Sinclair (What Women Talk About), this long-form improv piece uses a play's tight scene structure, with each actor basing dialogue on her characters. The quartet makes a very believable group of friends, with differences that nicely complement each other. Naked shines best when the women take specific aim at each other's weaknesses -- like Rosenberg's digs on Seikaly's thinness and Palughi's commitment phobia -- because it's done with affection. Beneath the comedy is a warmth that translates instantly.
Presented by Dragonchase Productions as part of the New York International Fringe Festival
at the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St., NYC.
Aug. 10–26. Remaining performances: Fri., Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 26, 2:15 p.m.
(212) 279-4488 or (888) 374-6436 or www.fringenyc.org.