With almost a month until "Star War II: Attack of the Clones" opens in movie theatres, fans must be tiding themselves over with Killing Jar Jar, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Just Wait in Line by Canada's Untimely Ripped. The two-man comedy, which opened April 4, will extend through May 5 at the Common Basis Theatre.
In Killing Jar Jar, Mark and Julian are two losers spending the entire "historic" day of May 9, 1999 waiting to buy a ticket for "Star Wars I: The Phantom Menance." Convinced they are about to witness a moment of cinematic history, they put up with the strange looks from passersby, the distain of their girlfriends and incredible boredom. But the question remains - is it really worth it?
Elias Toufexis and Andrew Farrar wrote and star in Killing Jar Jar. Farrar directs.
Killing Jar Jar played the 2001 Montreal Fringe Festival as well as the 2nd Annual Canadian Star Wars Convention. The Untimely Ripped company, based in Montreal, has been recognized locally for their productions of Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Look Back in Anger, Boys Life and Leaf in the Mailbox, which traveled to the 2001 New York International Fringe Festival and garnered the FringeXcellence Award for Best Ensemble.
Tickets to Killing Jar Jar are $15. The Common Basis Theatre is located at 750 Eighth Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets. For reservations, call (212) 340-1112. Untimely Ripped is on the web at http://www.untimelyripped.com. — By Christine Ehren