The Moms are back in town.
The comedic act 3 Blonde Moms — See How They Run returns to the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake for an 8 p.m. show April 25.
It’s the half-dozenth time the show’s been at the Raue; they’ve come through town so often that founding Mom Joanie Fagan has a standing post-show dinner date with several fans.
The semi-scripted PG-13 show is chock-full of jokes and stories from the Mother ‘hood. They talk about kids, school, husbands, neighbors, in-laws and shopping. 3 Blonde Moms has appeared on E!, CMT and at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival.
Even if you’ve seen it before, the material is always changing.
“Because we’re moms, the show is always evolving,” Fagan said. “We mix it up and it evolves with our lives. The show cast changes a little bit each time as well.”
Appearing alongside Fagan is Donna Cherry; a former Miss California whose acting credits include “Desperate Housewives,” “Suite Life on Deck,” “Big Time Rush” and the voice of “Jay Jay the Jet Plane” on PBS.
“Donna does singing impressions of famous moms. It’s hysterical,” she said. “She updates it with people as the news changes. Her oldest son just went off to college and she does a song called, ‘When You’re Gone, Gone, Gone.’”
Beaumont Bacon rounds out the trio. A former director at comedy improv troupe The Groundlings, she appeared in the movie “Jerry Maguire,” has her own one-woman show “Raging Beau,” and has been seen on A&E’s “Evening at the Improv.”
As for Fagan, she played Faith on “The Drew Carey Show” and hosted the Game Show Network’s “The Real Live Game Show” and ABC’s “Why Didn’t I Think of That?” with Wil Shriner. She also hosts her own talk show, “The Joanie Show!” at Jon Lovitz Podcast Theatre. She created the 3 Blonde Moms show just over a decade ago.
Their kids range in age from 10 to 18.
“We’ve all been through the baby phase,” Fagan said. “I talk about the tooth fairy; how certain Tooth Fairies raise the bar for the rest of the Tooth Fairies. We talk about all different phases of motherhood. We all go through different things, but we’ve all been through the same things. Other shows may pull up in a limousine; we pull up in a minivan with Gummy Bears stuck to our sweats.”
The show begins with an introductory film about the ladies. It’s a funny four-and-a-half minutes showing how different their lives are. The theme is three unlikely friends in the cul-de-sac, she said.
“Because we’re moms and living close to each other, we’re friends,” she said. “By the time the DVD ends, they feel like they already know us.”
Then comes the three-person monologue—or trilogue, she said.
“We do original scripting. We talk about what we’ve gone through, welcome the audience, ask if there are any moms out there,” she said.
Speaking of which, even though the show is marketed as a girls’ night out event with moms being the target audience, she sees folks from all walks of life in the audience.
“Just about everyone can relate to us. Even if you don’t have a family, you probably had a family,” she said. “By the time we finish the trilogue, I do 25 minutes, Donna does 25 minutes, then Beaumont does 25 minutes. She’s feisty and tells it like it is. She’s really snarky.”
Fagan is the self-described “perky” mom; the Martha Stewart-wannabe who is “totally frazzled,” she said.
“I’m one craft away from snapping,” she said, laughing. “I’m so worried about doing everything perfect; I’ve almost lost my mind.”
Audiences can expect “hysterical material” about we all go through, she said.
“Afterwards, you will feel refreshed and ready to do it all over again the next day,” she said. “It’s really quite a fun night out. Plus, if you have babysitters, you don’t want to go home yet.”
Not to mention, the ladies usually do a “Meet & Greet Momtourage” after the show, with free gifts from Rhonda Shear of Home Shopping Network and Ahh Bra fame.