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New York | 1h 40m | Ends Nov 04

Goodbody

From 7 critic and 30 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intense, Funny, Quirky, Clever

About the show

The Crook Theater Company presents their first original work, an ultra-violent, profane fantasia that is both comic and shocking. More…

Marla comes to in a barn upstate to find herself standing over a freshly murdered corpse with the smoking gun in her hand. Can she trust Spencer, the beaten and bound man cowering in the corner, to jog her memories of the events that brought them all here? What heinous acts could she be capable of? 



85
Theater Pizzazz

“A screwball murder caper...Cleverly penned...and directed...The story unfolds with twists and turns before a somewhat surprising and very satisfying denouement. It’s meant to a be a goofy bad-guy story that’s escapist theater at its best. Best of all ‘Goodbody’ has little to do with any current events or politics. It provides a lot of laughs mixed with the tension and danger of a story about crazy, murderous losers. And that’s not only just fine, but a very welcome and necessary relief.” Full Review

80
Theatre's Leiter Side

"Ernst…shows a masterful command of fast and furious, not to mention funny and filthy, dialogue. Some of his bits are belabored and the play could lose a few minutes but he's definitely on the right track…As the situations evolve, Ernst carefully peels away the skins of the various dramatic onions, exposing layers of lying and deception… The bizarre conclusion…is surely over the top, but it's not without sufficient foreshadowing. Whether or not you approve, you'll probably long remember it." Full Review

80
Talkin' Broadway

"'Goodbody' gets the macabre humor just right, with very funny dialog throughout. It also keeps the tension high, though that part is a bit of a cheat since it relies heavily on the presence of loaded and aimed firearms, implements of torture, and plenty of stage blood...A ghoulish ending pushes the play beyond the limits of its own internal credibility. But J. C. Ernst, the writer, has a way with dialog that mostly keeps the edgy gangster saga within the realm of its gallows humor origins." Full Review

80
Off Off Online

“Despite the seemingly predictable setup of its initial premise...‘Goodbody’ cleverly subverts expectations...After a shaky start, the play eventually finds its groove...Displaying an interesting dichotomy of its own to rival that of its characters...With its deftly crafted humor amid literally stomach-curdling violence, ‘Goodbody’ successfully pays homage to the action-comedy genre with unabashed, bloody brio.” Full Review

75
CurtainUp

"If you find it difficult to take any of this seriously, don't even try. 'Goodbody' is a satire of the old-fashioned gangster movie and the newer variations created by writers such as Martin McDonagh and Quentin Tarantino. In many ways it is quite successful...Director Melissa Firlit keeps the mayhem moving. Although a good deal of 'Goodbody' is belabored, there's enough here that's truly funny to get us over the bumpy spots." Full Review

70
Lighting & Sound America

"For most of its running time, 'Goodbody' has the foul mouth, wiseacre ways, and twisty plotting of some of our better crime novelists, plus a little something extra...Near the end, however, 'Goodbody' starts to wobble a bit...the plot seems to hit a standstill...Still, this is a good chance to meet any number of talented young people...The theatre is woefully undersupplied with thrillers these days, so it's hard to dismiss one as kicky as 'Goodbody,' even if it runs down toward the end." Full Review

70
Show Showdown

“A fabulous premise...Unfortunately, ‘Goodbody’ loses steam as the evening progresses...Ernst attempts the violent insanity of a McDonagh or Tarantino, but the humor isn't funny enough, the suspense isn't suspenseful enough, and the insanity isn't insane enough...There are genuinely funny moments and some of the suspense works well...‘Goodbody’ is never boring. But it just doesn't have the build and tension it needs to fulfill the promise of its premise.” Full Review


90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Violent, Brutal

See it if Unforgettable murder mystery that keeps you guessing and anxious for some answers. Intense, raw, powerful and immsenly unpredictable.

Don't see it if Demands undivided attention as the story keeps twisting. Tolerance to gory violence is expected.

Also A quaint barn scene with mesmerizing performance from all four actors ... Read more Read less

89
Intense, Hilarious, Entertaining, Creepy, Suspenseful

See it if You like black humor, or horror, or horror humor.

Don't see it if You’re easily offended by disturbing things played to comic effect : murder, torture, utter insanity?

Also I laughed A LOT and thought it was terrific. Really well-acted in the ... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like good acting

Don't see it if if you like bloody situations

79
Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if In time for Halloween, a dark comedy ghoulishly intense with violence which should not be taken seriously. A hoot very funny!

Don't see it if Do not see if physical violence is disturbing for you. Must be able to see the humor in this very dark play.

78
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Intense, Entertaining

See it if you want to be entertained. Starts in midst of drama and maintains throughout. Clever/funny dialogue and good pacing.

Don't see it if you're looking for something highly intelligent or profound. Intention of play more to entertain rather than to say anything about world.

78
Edgy, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if You like dark thriller comedies that might have violence and profanity.

Don't see it if You don’t like violence, gun shots and profanity. If you prefer your comedies to be light and funny.

77
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Scary at times, Violent at times

See it if You like action /crime /gangsters type movies, enjoy the tensions between characters, and rather compact seating arrangement.

Don't see it if You are terrified being too close to the violent scenes.

76
Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Refreshing, Grand-guignol in english

See it if you like interesting stories, quirky characters and a good who done it.

Don't see it if you dislike watching violence and like tidy endings.

76
Funny, Intense, Entertaining

See it if you like the Cohen brothers and Tarantino

Don't see it if you want more than to be entertained or dislike gruesome scenes played for laughs

76
Edgy, Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if Amnesia driven Who-done-it’s are your thing.

Don't see it if Stage Violence, and some blood and crude language are troubling

Also Not a great play but entertaining for its efforts. With different dire... Read more Read less

75
Quirky, Raunchy, Well acted, Violent, Good set

See it if you're a fan of Tarantino style movies. The violence is both graphic & at times comical.

Don't see it if blood, guts, sex & violence make you uneasy ( there's lots of that).

Also Playwright​ seems to be attempting to try his hand at Tarantino-ish st... Read more Read less

72
Funny, Intense, Some good acting, a bit too long

See it if if you want a murderous mystery with a twist and some humor, are OK with a very small theater space, are OK with cursing and fake gore.

Don't see it if if lots of cursing turns you off, you don't like small theater spaces, you're not into quirky tales or images of fake blood.

Also The female lead, Amanda Sykes, is very funny and steals the show. Towa... Read more Read less

70
Great acting, Confusing

See it if You want to watch one exceptional performance and are interested in a well-staged play with an interesting premise.

Don't see it if You're bothered by clumsy writing and uneven ensemble performances.

67
Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Cliched

See it if You like plays with Mamet-like verbal circumlocutions. It's a heist-gone wrong trope where one role is a psychopath and the others cope.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that put form over content and attempt to be verbally clever without substance.

100
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like great acting, dark humor, Tarantino

Don't see it if Not into cursing or blood

90
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Confusing, Great staging

See it if If you like mystery, thriller, or dark comedy. Seen comparisons here to Tarantino, I'd agree, but still a very unique story.

Don't see it if If you don't like cursing or sexual themes, or violence. Leaves you with a couple questions still

Also Fabulous acting, high-energy and quick-paced. No intermission (a plus ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Great staging, Hard core entertainment

See it if You can enjoy profanity and violence tied up in a comedic bow a la Quentin Tarantino-this is the show for you.

Don't see it if Extreme language and death and violence would offend you. You are warned.

87
During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Raunchy, Great staging, Gruesome

See it if You like dark humor- this has lots of it. 3-of-the-4 actors are quite good. Love the aloofness, quirkiness, and wit. Great job by a young

Don't see it if Playwright. Needs some tweaking, but, good. Don't see this if you hate foul language and gore. It's a very small space/ theatre.

85
During previews
Funny, Intense, Quirky, Violent, Good acting

See it if you'll look past gore & violence to a weird, but very good play. Plot is filled with dark humor & lots of twists and turns. Worth seeing.

Don't see it if you'll be bothered by lots of cursing, raunchy humor, gore and violence.

85
During previews
Clever, Exquisite, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You like Grindhouse

Don't see it if Blood, cursing, violence are not your thing

81
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a very well acted violent clever well written play with unexpected twists and turns unlocking a murder and car accident

Don't see it if You hate violence and frequent use of curse words

79
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you're up for something different. Vigorous acting, convoluted plot and gore ... lots of blood and violence.

Don't see it if you're put off by frank (and weird) sexual discussion, coarse language, and (Did I mention?) many violent scenes.

Also My take: Just sit there and witness the spectacle in all its Technicol... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Intelligent

See it if you like shows with a twist-a murder mystery.

Don't see it if it's light fare you are after.

77
During previews
Intense, Quirky, Fun to watch

See it if A violent & funny denouement of the aftermath of a possible crime. Intriguing & edgy.

Don't see it if Actual and implied violence occur along with plenty of crude language. Could use a bit of editing but characters are oddly compelling.

77
During previews
Edgy, Intense, Great staging

See it if you like the Q Tarantino style. Very intense and in-your-face in the small space. Warnings: Profanity, extreme violence, gun shots.

Don't see it if you do not need extreme simulated violence or profuse use of profanity in your shows. The bits of humor threw me off, not in a positive way.

Also Be warned, this is an intense play. The small venue and graphic portra... Read more Read less


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