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?
“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
"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
"'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
“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
"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
"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
“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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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