"Directed by Holly Kristina Goldstein, 'Thud' is a would-be slapstick comedy about laughing at pain — a favorite pastime of Morley, a nasty 15-year-old whose father sends a sad clown named Tad (Harrison Scott) to amuse her in her convalescence. Tad hurts himself; Morley laughs; both of them suffer. For the audience, though, the play’s humor and humanity largely fall flat." Full Review
"'Thud!' is wonderfully funny and absurdly real. Rider has written a smart story...The reason it works so well is we have experienced both sides. We have felt pain and suffering....As good as 'Thud!' is, Rider brings a lot of repetition into the fold that could be removed to make it a single act play. As it stands now, the play could conceivably end when Act I does." Full Review
"The slapstick physical humor of this show, which could easily risk being gimmicky and sometimes feels repetitive, is balanced by the provocative writing and the incredible talent of the actors…It's these performances coupled with the near constant barrage of quick-witted dialogue that really keep you on your toes...The very final moments are predictable, but the journey there is an enjoyable one…Overall, the problems of 'Thud!' are easily overlooked in light of the enjoyment it provides." Full Review
See it if You want to see real character growth in a teenage character. No praise is too high for this show. Easily the best of FringeNYC 2016.
Don't see it if You don't want to leave your comfort zone.
See it if you want to see a great use of sound and some bomb acting. The three actors were strong and enticing. The script is worth it all!!!
Don't see it if you are afraid of clowns, no matter how adorable and sad
See it if You want to be inspired by theatre again. This play is shocking and hilarious. It pushes the boundaries of what should be done on stage.
Don't see it if You're offended by obscene language. But you'd be missing out. The language is used masterfully and beneath it is a wealth of truth.