Already closed | 1h 0m | Gramercy

A History of Servitude

From 2 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining, Great acting

About the show

Forget everything you know about history. The Department of Fools takes you on a wild comic journey through the past, setting the record straight. Enjoy the masked mayhem of commedia dell'arte! More…

Commedia dell'arte is the great-granddaddy of modern improv and sketch comedy. Filled with physical humor, acrobatics, song, and satire, 'A History of Servitude' is a comic survey of world history from the dawn of man to the present as told from the perspective of the underdog.

1h 0m | Already closed | The PIT Underground (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (2)


Quirky, Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining, Great acting
Avg Score

Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if if you enjoy standup/improv - this is really a series of thematically connected skits rather than a play.

Don't see it if you expect anything other than mild entertainment. Having a few drinks before the show is pretty much required to enjoy it.

Also The skits themselves are mostly ok-ish but are rarely outstanding. The... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if Shows like IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA or he work of Mel Brooks are appealing to you. Super funny but totally not PC.

Don't see it if You are easily offended.

February 21st, 2017
"The actors manage to seamlessly mix heavy physical comedy, dark witty banter, and a 'Weekend at Bernie’s' schtick...In a peak example of how thoughtful this cast is about its comedy, a song about women in history is spearheaded by the ensemble’s three female actors...This show serves as a guideb...
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February 13th, 2017
"The masks in 'A History of Servitude' are wonderfully grotesque and are used well by the cast...Another feature of commedia is improvisation, which the cast does to varying degrees of success...'A History of Servitude' provides an interesting blend of commedia dell’arte and modern street theatre...
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August 18th, 2016
for a previous production "Commedia relies on cartoonish, archetypal characters (denoted by different masks and physicalities) to create partially scripted, partially improvised scenarios. Subtlety be banished! This style is about big physical choices and ham-fisted one-liners, so if it’s a light touch you crave, this sho...
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August 26th, 2016
for a previous production "You haven't really experienced the Fringe until you've experienced Fringe Al Fresco. And it was my great good luck to catch one of these free outdoor events, 'A History of Servitude'…This piece is often crude-but not in an offensive way…The performers are enthusiastic and the grotesque masks the...
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