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