Part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival, this new musical comedy sets two Elizabethan fools against each other as they compete to please the audience using parodies of Shakespeare. More…
Come be an invited guest of the Great Earl in this exclusive chance to meet Clowne, the most infamous jester of the age, and his traveling troop of fools as they employ madcap madness and musical comedy in their desire to divert you. Wits will be battled, entendres will be doubled, and art itself shall be put on trial in this wacky powerhouse of cross-dressing, mistaken identity, true love, and pure, unadulterated foolerie. Limited on-stage seating available.
"The show harshly condemns pandering while it panders away, as it borrows melodies from shows by Sondheim, Schwartz and Kander & Ebb (the show in fact feels like Shakespeare meets 'Pippin,' meets 'Into the Woods'), artists whose works have very often dissected the nature of art, but who have always delivered their theories artfully." Full Review
"'Foolerie: A Shakespearean Musical Comedy,' is a tale of too many ideas...Clarity? Who needs it! 'Foolerie' prides itself on the comedy aspect of the world but to be a comedy, you gotta be funny...To say the plot was lacking is an understatement. It's a bad sign when the characters reference the lack of plot and confusion." Full Review
See it if You'd enjoy a surprisingly meta show that asks whether art should entertain or make you feel... while failing spectacularly at both.
Don't see it if You don't have the patience for jesters and existential debates about the nature of art.