Dana Duff, Brianne Higgins and Brooke Malloy — the women of Ship of Fools Productions — finish each other’s sentences and constantly make each other laugh.
Antrim Playhouse subscribers know about “Antrim Antics,” three productions of which graced the tiny stage in Wesley Hills. This time out, the condensed “Antics” are hitting the road, coming to east to an even tinier stage at Richard Quinn’s Nyack Village Theatre, upstairs at 94 Main St.
“Roadshow” puts pop culture on its head, with sketches about those pampered and precocious 6-year-old girls in tiaras on TV, about gangsta husbands, about words that sound dirty, unintentionally, and more. As such, it’s best for mature audiences.
The cast of 17 is accompanied by keyboardist David Budway, Higgins’ husband, direct from a CD release in Pittsburgh.
Asked which sketches she likes best, Malloy shoots a glance at Duff and Higgins, pauses for effect and declares: “All of ones I’m in are the best.”
Laughter all around.
Pressed for a less diva-esque answer, she chooses Higgins’ sketch, “The Lord Is My Shepherd,” as a favorite. In it, churchgoers recite “there is nothing I shall want” and then their inner thoughts and wants are revealed.
“It’s very cool technically,” Malloy adds.
“Antics” is just the start, Duff, Higgins and Malloy say, pretty much simultaneously. There will be classes in sketch-writing, and stand-up comedy and improv classes for adults and teens.
In June, there will be a whole new round of sketches.
Their working process is collaborative in the extreme, Duff says.
“Our whole philosophy is that three minds are better than one, and 17 minds sometimes are better than three,” she says.
“When we’re together, our minds are constantly working and it usually starts with ‘Guys! What if…’ That’s how all these scenes came about,” she says.
Details: “Antics Roadshow,” 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Jan. 27 and 28. $15, $12 students and seniors. (For mature audiences.) 646-853-1314. www.shipoffoolsproductions.com.
Photos by Rick Klein: Top: Ship of Fools Productions is, clockwise from left: Dana Duff, Brooke Malloy and Brianne Higgins. Bottom: Duff, left, and Higgins in “Little Miss Perfect.”