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Catch The Butcher

From 23 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy

About the show

Cherry Lane Theatre kicks off its 2015-16 season with the Off-Broadway debut of 'Catch the Butcher,' a dark comedy about a woman who sets off to find a serial killer - and love. More…

A serial killer dubbed "The Butcher" has been terrorizing several towns in Texas, having killed eleven women before dropping their remains in the river with a poem attached. While most women are in fear for their lives, Nancy is instead curious. This causes her to search out "The Butcher" and when she finds herself in his basement, she likes it.

Member Reviews (23)


Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Edgy
Avg Score

Absurdist, Peculiar, Dark, Slow

See it if you'd like a play about a serial killer whose latest victim falls in love with him.

Don't see it if you dislike absurdist plays.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Saw this back in 2015. Great show!

Don't see it if Special effects could have been better but still loved it.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Hilarious

See it if You like quirky comedy. Loved Angelina Fiordellisi

Don't see it if You're easily offended by dark humor

Absorbing, Funny, Morally questionable

See it if you enjoy small performances spaces and a twisted plot.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a slow plot.

Great writing, Ambitious, Funny, Absorbing

See it if Amazing script. Just read the published copy. So good.

Don't see it if You can’t. It’s closed.

Also Really hope this one gets brought back by another theater.

Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you want a show with a lot of tension and a bit of mystery.

Don't see it if you want to feel connected to characters that have a dark side. I was expecting to really see some deep character analysis; I didn't.

Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated

See it if You like Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Don't see it if You want more than a story about cats being bullied.

Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Original, Weird

See it if This show popped up in my list of shows I saw this year. Holy cow it was nuts. Which is great. More theater should take as many risks

Don't see it if If you like safe theater.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You like a show in a small space.

Don't see it if You don't like shows about serial killers

Funny, Quirky, Resonant

See it if You enjoy great acting

Don't see it if You don't like serial killers falling in love

Absorbing, Edgy, Confusing

See it if Before seeing this show this past October I actually saw a reading of this thing at a theater in Newark. I loved it both times.

Don't see it if You can't. It's closed.

Clever, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if I cringed the first three scenes because I thought it was going to be something dark and predictable. I was pleasantly proven wrong.

Don't see it if You don't like a small off Broadway show. I'd say this was more off-off, but still good.

Off beat, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like Cherry Lane

Don't see it if You don't like intimate shows about dark material

Entertaining, Ambitious, Romantic

See it if You enjoy sick romances.

Don't see it if You are turned off by violence.

Original, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if I saw this show when it was running at Cherry Lane. The actors were amazing. Story was strange at times but stayed with me.

Don't see it if Closed so you can't see it any more. Hopefully it gets remounted.

Absorbing, Clever

See it if Lauren velez is awesome.

Don't see it if Closed

Absorbing, Clever, Edgy

See it if I really liked this show. At moments it made me feel uncomfortable but that was kind of the point.

Don't see it if You don't care for theatre that challenges the way you look at the world.

Delightful, Intense

See it if You want your dark side appealed to.

Don't see it if You find comedies about serial killers distasteful.

Clever, Bizzare, Delightful

See it if Time and time again I thought this show was going to go one way and it always went the other. For the better mostly.

Don't see it if You don't like a slow moving plot

Dizzying, Intelligent, Intense

See it if Like Lauren velez

Don't see it if You don't like small cast shows

Clever, Resonant, Quirky

See it if You like a show in the Dexter vein

Don't see it if Don't like humor about serial killers

Clever, Edgy, Confusing

See it if I saw this in 2015 at Cherry Lane. Good show not without it's flaws.

Don't see it if If you prefer shows that don't make light of dark subject matters.

Entertaining, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if You enjoy musicals

Don't see it if You don't enjoy musicals

October 4th, 2015
"Quirky, unsettling and rewarding...The principals gradually find their rhythm, but once they do, they skillfully assay Mr. Seidel’s effective blend of romance, absurdism, satire and - buttressed by Quentin Chiappetta’s haunting ambient music - dread. It’s a tricky balancing act, but the company ...
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September 30th, 2015
"'Catch the Butcher,' a curious, neatly directed and wonderfully acted new play that defies category but keeps you riveted, changes all that. This is a new one: a play about a mass murderer who kills women, written and performed in the style of a sitcom. Don’t be put off by the subject matter. Th...
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September 30th, 2015
"It's impossible to tell what writer Seidel was after - a straightforward thriller, a black comedy, or some combination thereof. I can personally testify to the total absence of tension on the stage, and, regarding humor, I will add that, aside from a handful of snickers, the audience at the perf...
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September 29th, 2015
"Though Seidel spends most of the 90-minute evening viciously skewering tropes, in the last seven minutes or so he gives in to them and turns 'Catch the Butcher' into exactly what it's been rebelling against...Violence, in general, is no laughing matter, but once Seidel has started you down that ...
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