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The City That Cried Wolf

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Delightful

About the show

State of Play Productions presents a film noir-style detective story featuring famous nursery-rhyme and fairy-tale characters. More…

Corruption! Passion! Betrayal! Scrambled Eggs! Can Jack crack Rhyme Town's stickiest murder, or has he fallen for the wrong dame? Join private eye Jack B. Nimble as he makes some astonishing discoveries while tracking down the criminal mastermind behind the murder of Councilman Humpty Dumpty. Beneath this quirky fairy-tale plot lies an examination of important modern concerns, such as justice, race relations, terrorism, and the implications of freedom.

Member Reviews (7)


Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Delightful

Clever, Quirky, Indulgent, Silly, Insipid

See it if A play noir with many puns and intentional cliches. They set the mood nicely with the music and the intro. The actors hammed it up well.

Don't see it if You are seeking any meaning. I also didn't find it especially funny. It could have worked as a short skit. It lacked depth to last 1:40.

November 26th, 2016
"You'll laugh out loud at this fun and fascinating show that puts an adult spin on fairy tales and nursery rhymes...The well-known characters are cleverly embedded in a noir detective story. This unique show has a talented, versatile cast...The company masters their characters and the inventive d...
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November 28th, 2016
"What might be a funny idea for a short S. J. Perelman piece in the 'New Yorker,' or maybe a Bob and Ray radio sketch, quickly becomes laborious when stretched out over 90 minutes. Beyond the reframing of beloved children's stories and poems with a sordid adult sensibility -- an idea that gets ol...
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November 23rd, 2016
"An evening of music, puns, and murder that doesn't quite hit the mark...It has all the makings of a noir thriller, and it probably would be one, if every character wasn’t casually dropping nursery-rhyme-themed puns every couple minutes in between bouts of witty banter and monologuing to the audi...
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November 24th, 2016
“For a time, Reeves does a good job of keeping this comic ball inflated, coming up with a substantial number of zingers...Too many of the jokes barely raise a smile, though, much less a laugh...'The City That Cried Wolf' is the kind of thing...that you might see produced by talented theatre stude...
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