December 21, 2012
Being a lowly assistant to an onerous boss can be a real drag, or it can be the source of scathing wit, as happens with Assistance, an Off-Broadway hit that begins an uproarious one-month run at The Wilma Theater on January 2.
This sharply written show makes keen observations of office politics as seen through the eyes of the Millennial generation.
Penned by playwright Leslye Headland as part of her “Seven Deadly Sins” series — Assistance represents the sin of greed — the show whisks you into the world of Nick and Nora, two 20-somethings working in a powerful tycoon’s Manhattan headquarters. They and their fellow co-workers juggle phone calls and jump through hoops, all while being mocked and insulted by an unseen tyrannical boss.
Each put-upon assistant endures the pressure and putdowns out of blind ambition to climb the corporate ladder.
It’s a tough spot to be in, but much like The Devil Wear Prada, or Office Space, there’s much humor to be mined from a dreary workplace.
Another of Headland’s plays, Bachelorette, has been turned into a movie, starring Kirsten Dunst, James Marsden and Adam Scott. Assistance is currently being developed by NBC into a TV sitcom starring Will Ferrell. That’s a surefire tip this playwright hits another funny bone bull’s-eye when taking aim at the sturm and drang of the young and the restless.
Tickets are available online.
Assistance at the Wilma Theater
When: January 2–February 3
Where: 265 S. Broad Street
More info: www.wilmatheater.org