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Radiant Vermin

From 73 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Clever, Original, Funny, Entertaining

About the show

Part of 59E59's Brits Off Broadway fest, Philip Ridley's dark comedy is about one of the defining social dilemmas of our time: the need for everyone to have a family home. More…

When a young couple is offered an ideal house by a mysterious stranger, it prompts the question: How far would any of us go to get our dream home? A fast-paced, pitch-black comedy, 'Radiant Vermin' is a provocative satire about the housing market, homelessness, and inequality.

Member Reviews (73)


Great acting, Clever, Original, Funny, Entertaining
Avg Score

Entertaining, Great acting, Original, Relevant, Intense

See it if You appreciate a brilliant biting satire with incredible acting. You want to leave the theater feeling "wow".

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable having your values questioned.

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Dark, Original

See it if you want to see wonderful, physical acting, you like topical themes such as the housing crisis and materialism, you have a good imagination.

Don't see it if you are not interested in dark satire, the condemnation of the consumer society, beautiful sets are necessary for your enjoyment of a play.

Boring, Overwrought, Overrated, Heavy handed, Disappointing

See it if you want to see something terrible. 95 minutes went by at a glacial pace.

Don't see it if you are planning to see something exciting in the 2016-1027 theatre season. Save your money for that show.

Clever, Delightful, Exquisite, Funny, Great acting

See it if These two actors do it all. I was not expecting anything like this when I saw this show. So kool what they were able to pull off here.

Don't see it if If you don't want to use your imagination. But its so fun to use it and get lost with this show.

Dizzying, Confusing, Great acting, Intense, Overrated

See it if You like extremely black comedy. You like absurdist plots acted by just 3 actors.

Don't see it if You can't deal with excruciatingly loud, erratic movement and unintelligible dialogue. You don't like a bare stage No furniture or props.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy somewhat dark British humor and are not offended by murder; you like over-the-top acting and story line with a relevant message.

Don't see it if You don't like any of the above; you do not like unrealistic story lines.The last "party scene" was waaaay too long, but well presented.

Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you like dark comedy and intense acting. The storytelling is very satirical, engaging, and has important subtext and social commentary

Don't see it if you were expecting an elaborate production, don't like crude dialogue or dark humor

Ambitious, Great acting, Dizzying, Edgy, Disturbing

See it if you'd enjoy a brilliantly performed, scathing examination of our materialistic keeping-up-with-the-Joneses-at-all-costs culture.

Don't see it if you need a sympathetic protagonist in your theatre experience. There are none to be had here!

Antic, Frantic

See it if You would like to see the hard working actors accelerate through the proceedings with humor and determination.

Don't see it if You can't ignore that it is a one joke production, however well staged. Also, is it dark humor, or just judgement free?

Great acting, Dark, Funny, Quirky, Original

See it if you like dark comedy; you want to see what two energetic young actors can do on a bare set; you envy your neighbors with nicer apartments.

Don't see it if you prefer drawing room comedies or plays about relationships.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you want to see an original portrayal of greed and desperation. A young couple agrees to take a free house of their dreams. Then mayhem...

Don't see it if you don't want to know how far you might go to get what you want without considering the consequences. Nothing is free...

Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy great acting on a bare stage. Very inventive.

Don't see it if You have trouble suspending disbelief.

Clever, Edgy, Dark, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy dark comedy

Don't see it if you don''t like british accents

Manic, Funny, Dizzying

See it if like satire

Don't see it if dislike satire

Clever, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Original

See it if you are a fan of Ridley's work, and are a fan of writing (and acting) that pushes past the comfortable.

Don't see it if you need a traditional script and/or genre, or cannot keep with a pace that starts fast and speeds up from there.

Clever, Disappointing, Dizzying, Cliched, Intense

See it if you like dark British humor and are not offended by story lines that deal with murder. You like to see two energetic young actors.

Don't see it if You can't stand a bare set and unrealistic story lines. The last party scene was way, way too long.

Well-acted, Thought-provoking, Rushed, Tedious, Entertaining

See it if you want to see three excellent actors grapple with this material. You like artificial, meta thought experiments over personal, real stories

Don't see it if you don't enjoy modern morality plays. If you're already "woke" this play will just get a bit tedious as it problematizes without solving.

Edgy, Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking, Darkly humorous

See it if You want to meet a likable young couple who will commit execrable acts to obtain their dream home.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy dark humor and are repelled by a morbid solution for achieving one's materialistic desires.

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if An original show with some dark teists made light, makes you think, great pure acting with no set and changing accents

Don't see it if You don't like ridley, you don't like British comedy, or entirely minimalist shows

Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You think that murdering homeless people could possibly be funny ; & you appreciate energetic actors who are trying very hard & good staging

Don't see it if You have any sort of a conscience and are not an entitled yuppie.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you are looking for a clever thriller yet intriguing and entertaining

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play or you are offended by murder

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if you have a great imagination as the stage is bare and like physical comedy.

Don't see it if cannot keep up when they play multiple parts in the span of 10 min towards the end. This is the dizzying part.

Edgy, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you like dark and edgy comedies. You like a fast-paced play and don't mind a bare stage. Be prepared for a somewhat confusing scene (bday)

Don't see it if You don't like actors talking to the audience. You don't like a minimalist stage and a bit exaggerated acting

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a thought provoking work wrapped in the guise of an absurdist comedy, brought vividly to life by a great cast & a few props.

Don't see it if you don't like black box theater, allegorical plays, or stripped down theater with a small cast and virtually no scenery.

Quirky, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You appreciate quirky and black UK comedy. And tour-de-force acting turns.

Don't see it if You find over-the-top comic premises tiresome.

June 8th, 2016
"Directed at a bouncy pace by David Mercatali...'Radiant Vermin' is a blithely told fable for the age of unaffordable housing...A little over 90 minutes, it is probably too long for its pithy purposes. Once you grasp its basic conceit, there aren’t too many places for it to go…'Radiant Vermin' by...
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June 8th, 2016
"A witty, if overextended, black comic sketch...Johnson and Verey have the knack of creating a pair of cartoon figures who are just enough like real people to make them impossible to dismiss....Director David Mercatali has found exactly the right satirical tone...'Radiant Vermin' makes its points...
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June 7th, 2016
"Ms. Johnson and Mr. Verey are excellent as Jill and Ollie, but, at least as directed by David Mercatali, their characters are basically cartoonish caricatures out of an ironic fairy tale. Thus, the play foregoes a sense of creepy horror that might have raised our level of concern…It is Jill and ...
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June 10th, 2016
""Often hilarious and at times rather poignant, Ridley’s contemporary new play is a 90-minute frenzied fall down one couple’s materialistic rabbit hole...It’s in the performances by Johnson and Verey, and their complete physical involvement in describing every detail, that we are able to vividly ...
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