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The 800th Annual Salvation Swing-Off (FringeNYC)

Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Original
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Critics
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4 reviews
Members
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23 reviews
 

Part of FringeNYC: To break up the monotony in Purgatory’s laundromat, souls rival for immediate rapture: in a good, old-fashioned dance-a-thon. Swing and red tape, plus the proverbial deal with a not-so proverbial Devil? All in an eternity's work.

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Categories: Comedy, Dance / Physical Theatre, National. From Broom Street Theater. Written by Malissa Petterson. Directed by Malissa Petterson. Choreographed by Malissa Petterson.

 

Reviews (27)

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56
Avg Score

45
The New York Times

"I wish I could have seen Malissa Petterson’s 'The 800th Annual Salvation Swing-Off' in a more intimate space. Revolving around a dance contest in purgatory, it felt dwarfed and distant, with a large offstage fan drowning out much of the dialogue. Kudos, though, to Stacey Garbarski for her hilarious performance as the Virtues." Full Review

60
NY Theatre Guide

"Where the production falls down is in chemistry–the cast often lacks the level of sass to convincingly carry off the saucy dialogue and erotic situations presented–and dancing. For a show centered around a dance contest, the movement of the actors was passable at best…If Petterson ever decided to run this production again in NYC, there’s a strong likelihood that the show could become a long-running cult classic if staged in one of the city’s iconic gay cabaret venues." Full Review

75
Theatre is Easy

"As much farce as it is melodrama. The clear stand-out in this ensemble is Garbarski, who plays an endless collection of secretaries...The Virtues and Garbarski’s dexterity offer a much-needed familiarity against a series of plots and schemes that can be difficult to follow...Petterson’s script ventures delightfully into the absurd, and suggests a play very different from the coalition of gender, sexuality, piety, and melodrama that underpin 'Salvation Swing-Off' for most of the time." Full Review

85
BroadwayWorld

for a previous production "Petterson's show is littered with intriguing characters…What makes this show stick is its ability to expel laughter that later leads to profound realization...Amusing quips from Lucy herself remind audiences of the delicate balance between right and wrong...While an audience member of the Catholic faith might need the ability to laugh at themselves to enjoy the show to its fullest extent, it's worth its weight in comedic papal gold." Full Review

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69
Avg Score

72
Quirky, Indulgent, Confusing, Slow, Great staging

See it if your New Testament knowledge of characters and purgatory is better than mine (many audience members liked this better than I did)

Don't see it if you expect a show about a dance contest to have a fair amount of dancing or dislike profanity that doesn't add to the characters or plot

70
Original, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you have a sense of humor about religion and religious topics.

Don't see it if you wanted to see more swing dancing or if you want a tighter and clearer plot.

20
Great writing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Cringeworthy

See it if you like bad acting. Great writing/ideas, terribly done. Only 1 good actress. Difficult to watch. Maybe see if you like scantily clad girls.

Don't see it if you expect real swing dancing or you don't like cursing (it's overdone for no good reason). Seriously, the dancing is bad.

50
Indulgent

See it if you want to support this "let's put on a show" offering. Some nice hair coloring, though!

Don't see it if you crave more than a series of mostly- mild scenes of no consequence leading to a no-thrill ending.

20
Confusing, Excruciating

See it if I would not recommend you see this show, but the actress who played the virtues was fun, and the approach to catholic dogma was unique.

Don't see it if you want to see a show which is particularly tight or well acted; if you dislike swearing; or you expect to see lots of dance

51
Banal, Disappointing

See it if You like an enthusiastic cast doing their best.

Don't see it if You would like a better overall story that would keep you interested.

85
Funny, Original

See it if you like original ideas, poking fun at religious conventions, relaxing and watching sit-coms.

Don't see it if you are looking for polished plays, deep meaning, high comedy.

90
Funny, Must see, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like funny and new age humor, with some mocking of oldfashined ways. Also dancing, there is dancing.

Don't see it if dirty humor isn't your thing. Or you don't like having a good laugh.

50
Confusing, Disappointing, Maybe better with a different cast and choreography

See it if You enjoy shows that poke fun at religion.

Don't see it if You expect good acting or you know what a basic swing step is and cringe when it is done wrong.

100
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You want a surprisingly witty and original take on an afterlife comedy that is progressive in spirit but deftly avoids the obvious.

Don't see it if You are utterly and immovably opposed to the concept.

94
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You grew up catholic and haven't gone to confession in at least a year - you'll be able to relate to at least three of the characters!

Don't see it if You are distracted by over-sized stages or would never ever forget to attach cover letters to your reports.

88
Original, Quirky, Playful, charmingly irreverent

See it if you enjoy juxtaposing questions of morality with zinging, zesty 21st-century characters & the idea that you dance your way out purgatory!

Don't see it if you are hearing impaired: actors are not on microphones and some don't really project/articulate. Or, choose to sit really close to stage.

98
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like surprisingly thoughtful ideas, and/or swing dancing!

Don't see it if You can't enjoy prodding at religious norms.

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful

See it if You like an ensemble cast and clever, comedic takes about Christian mythos.

Don't see it if You're looking for an intense drama.

97
Funny, Original, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You are open minded and in a mood to laugh.

Don't see it if You are a religious zealot.

100
Original, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy funny, adult, shows.

Don't see it if Hell, even if you're Christian, it's fun to laugh at yourself once in a while. No homophobes I guess.

100
Funny, Ambitious, Edgy, Fun, irreverent, youthful

See it if you like charming performances and innovative ideas that poke fun at Christian concepts of heaven and hell (and dances to them).

Don't see it if you're a religious Christian. Or do. I'm not one so can't really speak for you.

96
Original, Delightful, Intelligent, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if If you enjoy original takes on heaven and purgatory can be like. Not at all homophobic or anti Catholic

Don't see it if you are easily offended and see offense when none is given

100
Clever, Must see, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy parody humor and quick wit

Don't see it if You're not a fan of parodies or religious based comedy

89
Quirky, Raunchy, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy mildly irreverent after-life religious comedies and creative use of mythology to create character and setting.

Don't see it if You're tired of seeing after-life plays.

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you also have a hair horn and can appreciate a unique spin on a classic premise. Lots of fun characters and talented actors.

Don't see it if You enjoy Michelob Ultra un-ironically, are planning on voting Trump, or if you are easily offended by someone thinking different than you.

95
Clever, Edgy, Quirky, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You appreciate quirky humor, fine dancing, and catchy music tunes.

Don't see it if You are extremely sensitive to satire regarding religious themes.

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you're looking for a charming show that delves into the absurdities and charm of catholicism in a light-hearted way, while keeping it real.

Don't see it if You want a serious drama. You hate dancing. You hate lesbians. You hate laundromats. Actually scratch the last one.