Fringe Festival review: The Secretaries

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In 1994, the Five Lesbian Brothers—playwrights Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey and Lisa Kron—cooked up the poisonous treat The Secretaries, in which bubbly, Slimfast-sipping receptionists of the Cooney Lumber Company indulge a taste for lumberjack blood. It's Mean Girls meets The Wicker Man; it's Heathers meets 9 to 5. But while these homicidal stenos are bright and efficient and scary, they are not invincible. In the hands of Mark Finley's company, only some of the show's cheerily adolescent humor survives; the rest is stifled by deliberate pacing and underproduction. This sort of comedy needs speed and polish, which the capable cast could provide if it were given the proper support. There's a revival here waiting to happen, but this particular incarnation is destined for the chipper.—Helen Shaw