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The Extraordinary Fall of the Four-Legged Woman (FringeNYC)

Members say: Great singing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Entertaining, Quirky
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Members
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47 reviews
 

A FringeNYC Encore: In the dusty desert, Myrtle Corbin, the four-legged curiosity, meets her match. Can this veteran performer make a life outside the tent? 

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Step right up and take a peek under the Big Top at the lives of a few unique people. Flights of Fantasy East's a cappella musical is written by Lily Ali-Oshatz and Mark Galinovsky, and inspired by the real life of Myrtle Corbin, who was born a dipygus.

 

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Reviews (52)

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75
Theatre is Easy

"The small cast weaves stirring harmonies with the finesse of a professional a capella group. Yet, this choice occasionally backfires, leaving periods of dead air onstage…Ali-Oshatz’s plot touches on some complex issues which beg for deeper exploration...I’d love to see an extended version of the piece...Nonetheless, 'Four-Legged Woman' offers us a tantalizing peek behind the big-top’s curtains, revealing the darkness underneath each spectacle and the humanity in every 'freak.'" Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"Evans plays the titular character with charming effortlessness and has a crisp, chill-inducing voice. Wall’s direction is inventive and offers just the right balance of reality and magic...Raises questions about fetishism, gender fluidity, self-acceptance, and fear. This show is a brave and touching exploration of humanity and the courage it takes to fall in love...This ensemble and direction team deserve no less than the applause and admiration their characters surely received a century ago." Full Review

75
Nitelife Exchange

"An intriguing side show show…All the songs are delivered a cappella, making it all the more compelling...The cast rises to the occasion generally quite ably. In the large Flamboyan space, not all words sung by all soloists were always distinguishable...This was a pity, as the words were often worthy and artful…We see, but don’t get to individually know, the individual personalities or problems or even unique physical/performance talents of some of the members of the side show." Full Review

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Malinism

"It’s the timeless tale of boy meets four-legged girl. However, who’s the freak? Fans of 'Side Show’ and ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ will love this a cappella musical…Directed by Madeline Wall, the talented ensemble cast of six tell this simple story on a mostly bare stage. A string of lights represents the circus tent and a handful of props are used to navigate scene changes and new locations…Definitely catch this unique and experimental piece of art." Full Review

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Off Off Online

"Although the show has holes in it, the way it examines what it means to be 'other' is powerful…This 55-minute musical, sung a capella in its entirety, is an impressive endeavor. There are haunting melodies that are hard to forget. The cast of five all have a strong musical sense and individual singing styles and vocal qualities…Despite the flaws, the overall concept, vision, and music are good enough to win plaudits for Ali-Oshatz’s maiden effort." Full Review

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80
Enchanting, Quirky, Romantic, Lyrical, Curious

See it if You want to experience the feelings of a troupe of odd circus people expressed with unusual music and dance. You are afraid to fall in love.

Don't see it if You are looking for plot surprises, more traditional music, or a bigger production.

70
Promising, Enjoyable, Shallow, Amateurish, Earnest

See it if the idea of an a capella musical written and performed by earnest theatre majors sounds appealing. You like simple, serviceable music.

Don't see it if you're expecting something as dark and incisive as Side Show. Or if you don't like simple romances without much depth or conflict.

Also I really struggled with this one. Its heart is in the right place and ... Read more Read less

77
Clever, Enchanting, Quirky

See it if like Acapella performances and enjoy smaller Fringe type shows. Unique take on a side show and the people that are involved.A love story

Don't see it if Don't like Fringe shows or only like big flashy shows. But still, go see it, as it may change your mind of what a Fringe show really is.

72
Quirky, Romantic, Slow, Great singing

See it if you like acapella singing, shows about circus & sideshow characters, you're in the mood for a short, straightforward romance plot.

Don't see it if you're expecting much plot, great writing, or great acting. The acapella singing is great, and the main draw.

75
Ambitious, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing, Unpolished

See it if You like acapella, shows with promise, and truly incredible musical performances. You don't mind if the staging/book is a little rough.

Don't see it if You can't stand awkward staging. You don't like when the story takes second place to the music (which is truly amazing.)

87
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to see a gentle romance about a carnival show featuring a 4 legged woman (& all the other oddities). When sung, its done acapella.~

Don't see it if You would be un-moved by the sweet lead character and other misfits of society peopling this traveling freak show. It is a short play-1 hour

67
Ambitious, Clever, Disappointing, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy Fringe shows. You enjoy a capella singing and original songs, interesting staging, and real potential for something bigger.

Don't see it if You need a story. The plot was practically non-existent, the characters (but one) were banal and pointless. I wanted more.

80
Clever, Great singing

See it if You like a show that looks like it's being performed in someone's garage. I thought it was different, entertaining.

Don't see it if You don't like a capella musicals. There were elements I wouldn't have thought of mixing

75
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy seeing a show with a light plot, a mild romance & a happy ending. You aren't expecting a serious drama.

Don't see it if you are expecting a lively, circus-like atmosphere with real circus acts.

Also The show is based on the life of a real-life circus performer.

66
Disappointing

See it if U like to support the Fringe/new work/new writers.You don't mind just enjoying the singing,staging and some nice snippets of dialogue/lyrics

Don't see it if You want a story. Minimalist musically is OK but barely there plot is unacceptable. Sung repetitive syllables get annoying after a while.

79
Ambitious, Refreshing, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like something different. You like simple staging. You want to see a love story unfold. You like singing in a production.

Don't see it if You need a big production. You can't relax and enjoy a show. You don't like something different. You don't like singing in a production

79
Original, Quirky, Interesting

See it if you like unusual romantic stories about people who are different and you enjoy a capella singing.

Don't see it if you are not comfortable with circus like environments and the unusual people in them.

80
Ambitious, Clever, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a show where the concept is excellent, the performers give 100%, and you like creative, small musicals.

Don't see it if you want the execution of a concept to be perfect, i.e. concept A-/execution B-. Also if you don't enjoy acapella singing and no sets

82
Original, Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Great singing

See it if you like-docudramas-American Horror Story TV series-acapella performances-musical dramas-period pieces

Don't see it if you want-live orchestra-comedic musical. you don't like-love stories-vocal harmonies in place of orchestra

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Delightful, Enchanting, Intelligent, Great staging, Great music & lyrics

See it if you want to see a sweet yet edgy bit of the purest theatre, a reminder that the magic of light&shadow &the human voice are what move us most

Don't see it if you don't like circus, sideshow or carney; musicals solely sung; layered harmonies; oddities; or can't deal with magic made from spirit.

Also A wonderful, sweet & haunting show built with the simplest of elements... Read more Read less

89
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Unique, Enveloping

See it if desire a unique, human, acapella experience handling issues of identity, choice, acceptance & image with a capable cast singing beautifully

Don't see it if you can't be immersed in issues of identity, choice, acceptance & self image

75
Ambitious, Intense, Great singing

See it if You love side-show type shows and accapella music.

Don't see it if You don't like acappella shows.

80
Original, Ambitious, Quirky, Romantic, Sweet

See it if you enjoy circus/side-show musicals (Side Show, Pippin, The Disappearing Man), a cappella, or are wanting something different and creative.

Don't see it if you would be turned off by an entirely a cappella musical.

75
Delightful, Refreshing, Charming, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy a cappella, sweet love stories, creative productions and fringe theater makes you smile

Don't see it if Big, slick productions and racing narratives is what gets your heart racing

54
Romantic, Slow, Great singing

See it if Do you like small shows shows

Don't see it if You want to see something perfect they are still developing

92
Masterful, Quirky, Entertaining, Great singing, Impressive

See it if you are interested in new and fresh musicals developed and performed by talented young artists. An impressive performance by all!

Don't see it if your looking for a classic musical with grand designs and a large cast. This production is very simply done, but it works for the space.

Also The musicality of this cast is stupendous! Each actor gave 100% throug... Read more Read less

72
Quirky, Romantic, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you'll enjoy an unconventional romance that will make you want to know more about the real Myrtle; if you want to see charming performances.

Don't see it if you find a cappella music and sound effects to be cheesy and you would laugh in the wrong places.

86
Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a colorful cast of talented actors. The music is lovely, the story charming. The performances are very entertaining. Thumbs up.

Don't see it if You like instruments accompanying the lyrics - this is sung a cappela. If you're not into an off off broadway experience.

67
Clever, Confusing, Slow

See it if you like catchy a capella performed by what seems to be a high school troupe, but slightly better

Don't see it if you're looking for a fully formed story or something exciting

Also the show doesn't pick up until 45 minutes in. Before that it is painfu... Read more Read less

88
Enchanting, Intelligent, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You want to see freak-show difference shed in a slightly more idealistically-modern light and want to see some killer acapella realness.

Don't see it if You don't like acapella or one-act musicals. This is a great little nugget of art with a bright future.