Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Fringe Deaths

From 20 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Banal

About the show

This new ‘noir’ play with music chronicles the last tragic hours in the lives of four American celebrities: George ‘Superman’ Reeves, Jack Ruby, Barbara Payton, and Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer. More…

This fact-based script written by a former investigative reporter reveals the startling circumstances behind the deaths of these icons. Suicide? Murder? Misadventure? Learn the grim poignant secrets of these fringe deaths. For the first time, "Fringe Deaths" reveals the actual last moments, what really happened, to these tragic personalities. Did Reeves, hero to millions of kids, kill himself or was he murdered? Who killed beloved “Little Rascals” star Carl Switzer and why? What caused beautiful starlet Barbara Payton’s slide towards a seedy and early death? 

1h 30m | Already closed | St Luke's Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (20)


Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Banal
Avg Score

Nice singing, Banal, Insipid, Slow, Disappointing

See it if mini-bios interest you. The hard working cast doubles and triples to make this show happen.

Don't see it if you're not into short biographic plays with seemingly unrelated music. Likewise the subjects don't seem to have much in common beyond fame

Unusual, Edgy, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want to experience a very unusual play about 4 people who die.Some of the acting is very good and the stories are both sad and amusing.

Don't see it if you want to keep your illusions about the characters of Alfalfa and Superman. Don't go if the subject of death disturbs you.

Also This show needs some work but I enjoyed the character studies. There w... Read more Read less

Interesting attempt.

See it if You like back stage gossipy shows about celebrities.

Don't see it if You like traditional stories.

Interesting, Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the lives and demise of 4 well known individuals including 3 actors and 1 assassin. Interesting spin on characters

Don't see it if You don't like small theater

Haunting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you think the grass is greener for famous people ... you're fascinated by the trauma of fame ... you enjoy peeling back layers of people.

Don't see it if you are expecting something flashy or Broadway level ... you bore quickly of repetitive/obvious/beat-me-over-the-head moral-of-the-story

Also The actress playing Barbara Payton was clearly a standout from the res... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if Really really interesting play. Great for fans of old time tv and true crime. Very funny and sad and moves like a freight train.

Don't see it if Maybe don’t see if you’re squeamish and like storybook endings. These are true stories.

Unusual, Clever

See it if It explores such a weird subject matter, dead B movie and Tv stars. Its totally original. And based on actual events. I saw over summer.

Don't see it if If you hate theater. You can't not be entranced by this. It starts right out with a literal bang as Alfalfa is shooting a shotgun.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you have a morbid curiosity about the thoughts and actions of others before they pass. Also, if you want to think about the play for days.

Don't see it if you want veg out and not think. Or if you only like simple plays that end with a concise happy ending or plays with nonchallenging themes.

Also I have to say that there were not standouts with this production, beca... Read more Read less

Must see, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

See it if This is just really different. And it’s very well written and acted. The songs are great too. I’m fan of most of these people it’s based on.

Don't see it if I don’t know, it’s pretty grim at the end of each act, which is how each celebrity actually died.

During previews
Refreshing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if A very interesting show that deals with untimely death of these people. Borelli is very good in this show.

Don't see it if If you are not intrested in the characters who died or want a bigger production. Some stories were better than others.

During previews
Pulpy, Great singing, Insipid, Banal, Absorbing

See it if Pulpy premature violent-death re-enactments of quartet of barely-there-celebrity victims.Six tunes; best being"The Way the World Goes'Round"

Don't see it if Souvenir spent shotgun shell casings, yet, surprisingly all drama and no camp.Search engine required for celeb IDs & common thread demise.

Also "My life is hard times & menial arrests/What God have I offended to en... Read more Read less

During previews
Some good singing, Different, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Starts with each person telling thier story and then goes to the moments of the Stars life before they meet there tragic ending.

Don't see it if It maybe not everyone cup of tea. Not flashly.

Also Interesting look at four people life. They all are not happy life. But... Read more Read less

During previews
Just "misses", Disappointing, Uneven acting/singing, Superficial script, Interesting idea

See it if you are interested in stories about celebrities whose lives ended in tragedy and can overlook a less than "polished" production.

Don't see it if you expect stories about individuals' tragedies that are presented with in-depth insights, consistently good performances & good scripts.

During previews
Disappointing, Refreshing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you're interested in the lives of the 4 celebrities who met a tragic death.

Don't see it if you want a consistently well written and directed production.

Also The actors tried very hard. Some of the actors were extremely talented... Read more Read less

During previews
Banal, Quirky, Great singing, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You have 90 minutes to kill. Most of the cast is adequate. The exception is Tiffan Borelli who is outstanding both vocally & dramatically

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical, this is not one more a series of scenes connected by a theme with some music

During previews
Cliched, Quirky, Great acting, Banal, Entertaining

See it if you like grim tales that end in death, or if you like character acting.

Don't see it if Expect the whole cast to sing *well*. The writing is also EXTREMELY sexist- any female char on stage for 1 min gets sexualized, grossly.

During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Wasn't sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by the excellent acting and writing. A sad set of stories told in a novel way.

Don't see it if If graphic language offends you.

During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an interesting and entertaining play about fame and fortune and untimely death.

Don't see it if like happy endings.

During previews
Hilarious, Great writing, Must see, Entertaining

See it if If you’re interested in biographies of famous doomed people and just good acting and writing, you’ll love this. Witty and sad.

Don't see it if Dont think there’s any downside to this show. Its just really entertaining.

During previews
Must see, Great writing, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if Show is very different and very ambitious, showing last tragic hours of 4 celebrities, but it pulls it off. Is funny and sad all at once.

Don't see it if Its pretty racy and graphic at times.

Also Just great theater. And if u love George Reeves and Alfalfa Switzer, i... Read more Read less

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