Fringe Review: ‘HeHEE!’ or “What? It’s Not Glee?”

Cast of ‘HeHEE!’ or “‘What It’s not Glee?” Photo courtesy of The Comedy Academy.

Laughter is the best medicine and The Comedy Academy is giving audiences a much needed dose of nature’s most natural cure.

In a play written by Harry M. Bagdasian and Liam Brennan, HeHEE! or “What? It’s Not Glee?” centers around a group of high school “misfits” who are always in detention.  In a bold move, detention gets replaced with an experimental program.  For three days a week after school for twelve weeks, these students will have to participate in a Comedy Club.  At the end of the twelve weeks, they will be required to perform a comedy show to be presented to the entire school.

‘HeHEE!’ is a play tailor-made for this cast.

Principal Bryson Doyche (Austen Villemez) assigns shop teacher, Hyrum Snickers (Jeffrey Rosen) to lead the club.  “You’re a weak-kneed, gutless wonder and those kids are hard-core screw-ups,” says teacher, Tricia Fishman (Sara Mozersky) to Snickers who wants him and the students to fail.

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The cast of HeHEE! Or “What? It’s not Glee?”

The band of troubled students includes a baseball jock named Billy “Sky” Deltsky (Conor Brennan), an actress who is always late to class, Shelly Michaels (Maura Russell), Byron Gallagher (Liam Brennan) who is a goth, and Crissy Lasky (Anne Chernikoff) who likes to write.  Completing the group is a transfer student from Burrows High, Lane Taylor (Miriam Finley), Terry Cradle (Erica Shortall) as the quiet geek, Albert Simpson (Jeffrey Hacker) who is a stoner, and finally Reese Allen (Peter Walderhaug) who can’t stop correcting people because “People say dumb things and I go into ‘I must educate them’ mode.”

HeHEE! is a play tailor-made for this cast.  Since the play revolves around the students rehearsing for a sketch comedy show, each cast member has a chance to shine.  The script also gives each young actor a well-defined character, making it easy to appreciate all of the hard work that they put into each of their performances.

Running Time: 75 Minutes.

Advisory: Recommended for kids ages 13 & up.

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About Mark Beachy

Mark Beachy is the publisher and video producer of the MD Theatre Guide and the NY Theatre Guide.

In 1997 he wrote the play, music, and lyrics in a musical called, “’Bout Baltimore.” This musical won the WMAR TV Channel 2 and Pumpkin Theatre Baltimore Bicentennial Playwriting contest and was produced as a 1-hour television special.

He has directed over 40 productions, including shows for Pumpkin Theatre, Timonium Dinner Theatre, Howard County Center for the Arts, and the Baltimore Children's Theatre where he was the founder and producer for 7 years.

Before starting the MTG in March of 2010, Mark was the performing arts reporter for the Baltimore Examiner.

As a professional actor he has appeared on TV nationally, including on Discovery Health as "Jerry Baldwin" on I Was Dead, “Officer Nunham” on America’s Most Wanted’s Top Cops 2009 and “Alexander T. Crane” in a Japanese TV documentary about Edgar Allan Poe.