Already closed | 2h 10m | Midtown W

Bundle of Sticks

From 34 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Raunchy, Intense

About the show

INTAR Theatre and Radio Drama Network's world premiere drama centers around an Australian gay conversion therapy known as "The Sticks." Note: contains adult themes, not recommended for under 18 . More…

From the show:

Gay men from across the globe attend gay conversion therapy called The Sticks in the underground city of Coober Pedy, Australia. When they arrive they are not only challenged by Otto, their toxically masculine group leader but also by the rainbow serpent responsible for the protection of water and erections. The Sticks is real but what it promises is not.

2h 10m | Already closed | INTAR Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (34)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Great acting, Quirky, Raunchy, Intense
77
Avg Score

85
Beautifully played, Political, Gender-bending, Smart

See it if you’d like a smart excursion into gender-bending that puts the (discredited) conversion therapy to cure gayness on trial.

Don't see it if girls playing boyz & being fully sexual about it might twist your shorts.

Also “Bundle of Sticks” is a smart, gender-bending indictment of “conversio... Read more Read less

76
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Intense, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if Compromise rating. Fascinating view re the gay community Intar keeps its great history

Don't see it if Not for the easily disturbed. Location for Intar a problem for public transpiration but the growth of theater in the area will help.

78
Unexpected, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Clever, Ambitious

See it if interested in conversion therapy in Australia, creative casting of no cis-gender males as the gay clients, treatment of indigenous peoples

Don't see it if Casting of trans- or cis-women in all male roles disturbs you, you don't think conversion therapy is bad, no interest in Aussie history

79
Hysterical, Heartbreaking stories, Energetic, Simulated gay male sex scenes, Bizarre

See it if Something very different in the form of gender bending at an underground sexual reorientation camp seems like a good idea for a fun evening

Don't see it if gender issue farce seems like a bad idea for a fun evening. The characters' back stories range from sad to deeply disturbing.

70
Never a dull moment, Promising playwright

See it if Even if ur put off by the word experimental.This really isn't that.A pretty straightforward plot w/some magical realism&uncoventional casti

Don't see it if You're expecting to learn about conversion therapy. This is satirical and very funny but not reality based.

Also I didn't really get the connection between the conversion subject and ... Read more Read less

69
Weird, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You’re a fan of the avant hard and the abstract

Don't see it if You’re tired of hearing how the white man is at fault for everything

49
Raunchy, Quirky, Confusing

See it if the idea of women actors wearing prosthetic male genitalia is appealing to you

Don't see it if you prefer your male genitalia on men

75
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you like LGBT theme & "experimental" theater. The concept is entertaining though not clear at tines while the acting is intense /inspired.

Don't see it if you expect male actors to portray the gay guys' roles as this is an all female cast, hence a full cast gender swap which i was not told of.

89
Intelligent writing, Great direction, Absorbing, Relevant, Edgy

See it if You enjoy exploration and you are open to sexual content. This is a well Written, directed and acted play. Hats off to the women playing men

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sexual content, with women playing men, or if you are looking for light entertainment.

Also At first it feels strange but after a short while i was aware of how c... Read more Read less

73
Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in a story based on the heinous practice of so-called conversion therapy for homosexuals.

Don't see it if You wouldn’t enjoy gender bending roles and lots of crude language.

Also This show is deep and extremely ambitious shedding some light on a ter... Read more Read less

79
Edgy, Ambitious, Raunchy, Quirky, Clever

See it if You like experimental theater, actor/role gender swaps, emotional shows, queer theater.

Don't see it if You are homophobic, easily upset by simulated nudity/sex, prefer traditional theater, are unable to suspend disbelief

70
Cliched, Intense, Ambitious, Good acting, Clever

See it if you want to see an ambitious, low budget perrformance about conversion therapy.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for sexually explicit content.

77
Great staging, Intense, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if you're open to abstract, creative ideas and the expression of gender and theatricality.

Don't see it if you're easily offended/uncomfortable with implied nudity and sex.

70
Entertaining, Edgy, Ambitious, Quirky, Intense

See it if Experimental, lgbt, homosexuality, dark set,

Don't see it if All women playing men, hate speech/words, sexual themes, loud noises, accents

70
Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You don't mind sitting through a 2 hour show watching amateur actresses trying hard to play gay male characters

Don't see it if You expect profound story and great acting. I really want to see this exact show but with all male cast or the actresses are playing women.

During previews
82
Intense, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you'd like to see horrors of a wrong-headed humanitarian practicing male conversion therapy in a quirky yet fun presentation, female-acted.

Don't see it if simulated sexual organs and sexual acts offend you or you do not wish to understand the history on which this play is based.

During previews
80
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see perhaps the most unusual and daring show now in NY ! It is heart wrenching and very funny at the same time.

Don't see it if This is most definitely NOT a show for the average theatre goer. It is blatantly sexual and extremely graphic. Conversion therapy is hideous

During previews
70
Talented acting company, Aussie ambient, Plethora of penises, Best in magic realism moments, Needs editing

See it if U already know what bundle of sticks is, like metaphor or machismo served up by women regarding Aussie conversion therapy, like INTAR

Don't see it if can't abide women playing men, each with large exposed phallus, hate Aussie accents, can't see forest 4 trees, C need 4 conversion therapy

Also Exposition on Psalm 21:9... Like faggots cast into an oven they shall ... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Clever, Refreshing, Relevant, Great acting

See it if Want to see an interesting prospective of how gay conversion therapy is showed on stage.

Don't see it if If you find sex and genital prosthetics offensive, this isn’t you kind of play.

During previews
87
Experimental, Raunchy, Entertaining, Quirky, Queer

See it if So, I’ve seen a few plays at this theatre 🎭 company; they truly give a voice to the experimental, queer, feminine, and Latinx community!

Don't see it if The venue is a black box theatre 🎭, with old pipes, which can be a little hard to find, but, the staff is pleasant. The play? It’s totally

Also Out there. It’s set in an Australian bunker, with 6 non-cisgendered me... Read more Read less

During previews
76
Quirky, Relevant, Raunchy, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You like a strong cast in innovative story of gay conversion therapy

Don't see it if Depictions of intercourse or ersatz genatalia make you uncomfortable

During previews
75
Great writing, Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you care about LGBTQ issues, you are not easily shocked, you enjoy compelling performances and good writing

Don't see it if you are easily offended, you want to see a drama with a logical procession of scenes,

Also I think this is a great start but needs some polishing. For example, t... Read more Read less

During previews
83
Ballsy, Uneven, Ambitious

See it if into a gender-blender (=more than bender) super-queer play about conversion therapy

Don't see it if avoiding the subversive

Also The playwright gravitates towards queer themes with a sense of activis... Read more Read less

During previews
52
Disappointing, Banal, Confusing

See it if If you like seeing experimental or out of the box shows that deal with homosexual issues.

Don't see it if If you would rather see a more traditional show and if you are uncomfortable watching extreme sexual scenes.

During previews
78
Resonant, Relevant, Enchanting, Intense, Poetic, thought provoking, refreshing, unique, great performance and design

See it if you like visiting a heavy subject that is dealt with in a unique way, poetic and artful, this visit to Oz takes on conversion therapy.

Don't see it if you are not open to gender swapping or sexual subjects make you uncomfortable.

Also This production is a joy to watch, the staging is excellent and so are... Read more Read less


March 2nd, 2020
"'Bundle of Sticks' Imagines the Bizarre Cult of Gay Conversion Therapy: J. Julian Christopher's new play takes place in an underground camp in the heart of Australia."
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March 3rd, 2020
"This is a subject that has been treated at length elsewhere, more critically and with greater sensitivity, and in trying to bring something new to it, Christopher turns it into camp, and unfunny camp at that."
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March 2nd, 2020
3/5 Stars. "J. Julian Christopher's play about dreaded conversion therapy, played by an all-female cast."
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March 6th, 2020
"Ultimately, the men and the serpent defeat Otto together, and some expendable moments and dialogue aside, Bundle of Sticks engages the audience with humor and imagination, culminating in joyous freedom for the men and their natural desires."
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