Silence is indeed golden

Jadico (standing) and Cromie star in ‘Dave &?Aaron Go to Work.’

The stress of the holiday season means that any opportunity to enjoy a few laughs is welcome. But given the December-long (at least) clamor of muzak carols and frantic crowds of shoppers, the appeal of 1812 Productions’ world premiere production of “Dave & Aaron Go To Work” may lie not in its comedy but in its silence.

Inspired by the work of silent-era film stars like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as well as more modern purveyors of physical comedy like Steve Martin and Bill Irwin, “Go To Work” teams frequent collaborators Dave Jadico and Aaron Cromie as an archetypal odd couple attempting a succession of jobs, under the direction of Lee Ann Etzold.

“The audience at times doesn’t need our voice,” Jadico says. “They can get to the point faster by just seeing the expression on our faces and the scenario that we put ourselves in. The language is redundant or unnecessary.”

The show had its genesis in “Two Hats Two Heads,” a short piece that Jadico and Cromie developed for the 2003 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

“We both find very similar things funny,” Jadico says. “We’re very similar in some ways but very different in other ways. The characters we’re playing are kind of amplified versions of ourselves. Aaron does tend to be really chaotic and creative in a messy kind of way, and I tend to be a little more buttoned-down and obsessive in the way that I approach comedy. So we use those differences to our advantage.”

If you go


1812 Productions’ ‘Dave & Aaron Go To Work’

Through Dec. 31

Plays & Players Theatre


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