In Clubbed Thumb's world premiere, the councilmen of Plymouth Colony determine how to be Good in the New World. More…
The councilmen of Plymouth Plantation fight about what the Good life is–all the while displaying the head of Wampanoag leader Metacom on a spike. A play about government, mercy, vengeance, and America’s original sin.
See it if Edgy, funny & slyly relevant King Philip starts out as a political satire (circa 1600's) but evolves into a timely probe of gender politics
Don't see it if Premise can get one-note as drama proceeds & looses some momentum but nifty ensemble led by downtown icons Ikeda & Finn bring it home
See it if you like experimental formats revisiting history from a modern perspective. A lot of ideas are presented. There are some amusing moments.
Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional theatrical experience with a clear resolution or theme.
See it if A frolic by women actors playing Puritan male elders. Supposed religiosity of politicians exposed in hilarious council sessions over years,
Don't see it if The Clubbed Thumb troupe excels at controlled silliness to make a point. Jennifer Ikeda shines as the zealot leading the buffoons.
See it if You embrace non-traditional theatre and seeing talented young actors.
Don't see it if You are impatient with a piece that needs polish and focus. The writing slavery uneven and hard work by the cast can't overcome it.
See it if A real pleasure of a show, consistently and absurdly funny throughout. Works to deflate colonial history, masculinity, & the security state.
Don't see it if The machinery driving this show is somewhat one-note, so if it succeeds (which it does), it often feels like it can't go much further.
See it if you enjoy satire that doesn't exhaust itself after a few minutes with a one joke premise.
Don't see it if you don't want to work a little for the meaning within the play's madness.
See it if you like feminist humor; you're curious about the title (they will be sure you know why it's named such); you're open to big acting
Don't see it if you want an even-keeled vibe from beginning to end (starts off very clever and funny, ends strained and drawn out)
See it if You like inventive storytelling and enjoy gender bending casting. The actors are fantastic!
Don't see it if You don't like seeing women playing men or historical comedies.