by Leonard Feigenblatt
Max, a standup comic and recovering alcoholic and Elanor, a neurotic standup comic, are falling in love. As the months pass in their relationship, Max is trying to tell Elanor his secret; he is bisexual and has previously been in a relationship with a man.
Hot Mess is not a hot mess. It is written by Dan Rothenberg and Colleen Crabtree and based on their lives and relationship. They are married to one another. It does have some genuinely funny moments. Max Crumm as Max and Lucy DeVito as Elanor are very likable and charming and have a wonderful chemistry together. Paul Molnar plays a couple of characters who are used as a sounding board for Max’s character. Max Crumm, started out by appearing on the reality casting show “Grease: You’re the One that I Want!” He won and was cast as Danny Zuko in the 2007 revival of “Grease” opposite Laura Osnes, who won the female lead of Sandy. He has since co-starred in the off Broadway production of “F**king Up Everything” in 2013 and in the Broadway musical “Disaster!” In 2016 and now in “Hot Mess.” Poor Max Crumm, he has had the worst luck with titles. Someone, please give him a break and cast him in a production that will have a run.
The scenic designer Tobin Ost does great work with his wonderfully innovative set. Still, at a mere 65 minutes, it doesn’t feel like a fully developed play but like an elongated, slight, situation comedy skit.
Hot Mess is playing through December 17, 2017
Jerry Orbach Theater
At the Theater Center
210 West 50th Street
For tickets and more information visit www.hotmesstheplay.com or call 866-448-7849