The Coward: a Madcap Fairytale (FringeNYC)
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The Coward: a Madcap Fairytale (FringeNYC)

The Coward: a Madcap Fairytale (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(15 Reviews)
Members say
Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Ambitious, Great acting

About the Show

Part of FringeNYC: Possessed by an insane monster, a cowardly castle maid must battle gods and demons to resurrect the King she herself killed. This experimental, absurdist comedy revels in clowns, confetti, and blood. So shield those precious eyes, you cowards.

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Member Reviews (15)

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54 Reviews | 15 Followers
Entertaining, Epic, Raunchy, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if You like deconstructed fairy tales which use lots of makeup and hijinks

Don't see it if You are afraid of actors chasing atound in the audience, or you lack imagination.

95 Reviews | 36 Followers
Confusing, Excruciating, Insipid, Ambitious

See it if you know somebody from the cast; you enjoy finding good intentions in horrible results; you're here for the costumes.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy third-rate attempts at absurdist theater

22 Reviews | 7 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting

See it if you love a politically-charged fairytale with a clownish vibe!

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional comedy.

31 Reviews | 7 Followers
Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging, Clever, Quirky

See it if You enjoy hilarious, ambitious shows with a really clever use of a small budget

Don't see it if You can't handle any profanity, you want to see something straightforward

12 Reviews | 7 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You want bawdy surreal work. Its funny and edgy and the performances are truly wondreous.

Don't see it if You expect a narrative that makes linear sense. The show can also become self indulgent at times.

9 Reviews | 1 Follower
Entertaining, Edgy, Original, Relevant, Funny

See it if You enjoy watching shows that attack the issues plaguing our society, but in an entertaining way.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy Popsicles on a hot summer day.

3 Reviews | 2 Followers
Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you enjoy "madcap" investigations of our inner "monsters," clever writing, and capable performers/characters seeking courageous lives.

Don't see it if You're not up for an adventure that takes absurd twists for the sake of uncovering slippery truths about fear, courage and happiness.

5 Reviews | 1 Follower
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Raunchy, Indulgent

See it if you find violence/poop jokes funny; you appreciate enthusiastic performances; you like randomness

Don't see it if you want theatre that makes you feel or think, or theatre that means something; you expect actual clowning (there isn't much)

Critic Reviews (4)

Time Out New York
August 18th, 2016

“The whiteface loons in ‘The Coward’ never stop gabbing - which is especially unfortunate, given their manic, crushingly dull dialogue. Talky clowns: not a recipe for belly laughs. Energetic but scattershot to the point of tedium...A confusing, overwritten picaresque with metaphysical pretensions and a drawn-out WTF downer ending, barely salvaged by the ensemble’s youthful enthusiasm.”
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Theatre is Easy
August 21st, 2016

"Hilarious and disgusting and heartbreaking all at the same time. I found myself rapidly alternating between laughing, gasping, and cringing at the ridiculous antics taking place...'The Coward' allows the incredible strength of the performers to shine through in every moment. Every actor onstage is so committed to this absurd, insane world...I loved this play. It endeared me to every character, kept me guessing right up until the final blackout, and left me wanting more."
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The Creator's Project
June 5th, 2016
For a previous production

"'The Coward' stands as an over-the-top, in-your-face revision of what modern fairy tales can and should be…While the production elements are campy, they aren’t gimmicky. Each prop is playful but essential, lending the play the visual sensation of a Technicolor cartoon...'The Coward' marks a modern moment; gender lines are blurred irreversibly, mental health and its treatments are on the tips of our tongues, and lead actresses need no longer look like Barbies."
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Experimental Bitch Presents
April 30th, 2016
For a previous production

"Maddy Campbell’s endless physicality elevates the play whose foundation is laid by her excellent writing and decorated with a great supporting cast...The production has a purposeful DIY quality that never feels haphazard and leaves the cast delightfully exposed…Furiously paced and inventively staged, 'The Coward' leaves you questioning both the structure of theater as an industry and society as a whole. Boldly provocative material, produced inventively on a low budget."
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