Goodbody
77

Goodbody NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(44 Ratings)
Positive
86%
Mixed
9%
Negative
5%
Members say
Great acting, Funny, Clever, Intense, Entertaining

About the Show

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

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Show-Score Member Reviews (44)

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133 Reviews | 36 Followers
90
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you like a sly send-up of murder mysteries with a feminist tilt

Don't see it if stage violence bothers you.

127 Reviews | 36 Followers
90
Absorbing, Intense, Violent, Brutal, Great acting

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. Read more

219 Reviews | 88 Followers
89
Entertaining, Hilarious, Intense, Suspenseful, Creepy

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? Read more

175 Reviews | 22 Followers
82
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like good acting

Don't see it if if you like bloody situations

519 Reviews | 121 Followers
81
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Dizzying

See it if You enjoy macabre humor and Quinton Tarantino films. This is like Evil Dead meets Reservoir Dogs. You like to see works by new playwrights.

Don't see it if You dislike gore, violence, or get extremely uneasy with onstage firearms. Read more

89 Reviews | 9 Followers
79
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you want to see a show that adds those comedic moments at the perfect time in a drama.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate settings. Read more

444 Reviews | 89 Followers
79
Clever, Edgy, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky

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.

77 Reviews | 17 Followers
78
Funny, Entertaining, Violent, Intense

See it if you enjoy the horror/thriller genre and dark humor, in an intimate space. Well-acted and directed, even in the small space.

Don't see it if heavy profanity, explicit material, and violence make you uncomfortable

Critic Reviews (8)

Lighting & Sound America
October 15th, 2018

"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."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 11th, 2018

"'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."
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CurtainUp
October 11th, 2018

"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."
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TheaterScene.net
October 26th, 2018

"From its dramatic opening, there's nowhere for 'Goodbody' to go but down, even if Ernst keeps raising the stakes with complicated backstories and developments that leave one breathlessly confused. The production, however, is a good one, with rapid-fire direction by Melissa Firlit, the aforementioned set and lighting by McCarren, the apt and pertinent costumes by Dan Morrison, fight choreography by Cliff Williams III, and a strong ensemble performance."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 17th, 2018

“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.”
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Theatre's Leiter Side
October 12th, 2018

"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."
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Show Showdown
October 19th, 2018

“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.”
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Off Off Online
October 17th, 2018

“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.”
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