Thud! (FringeNYC)
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Thud! (FringeNYC)
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Thud! (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

93%
(12 Reviews)
Positive
100%
Mixed
0%
Negative
0%
Members say
Clever, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious

About the Show

Part of FringeNYC: An incredibly clumsy hospital clown is hired to entertain an acerbic fifteen year old girl, and finds the only thing that cheers her up is watching him get hurt. A play about other people's suffering and why it's hilarious.

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Member Reviews (12)

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206 Reviews | 61 Followers
88
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Original

See it if can appreciate a successful mash of drama and slapstick

Don't see it if (I thought it was just great)

54 Reviews | 15 Followers
100
Entertaining, Edgy, Intelligent, Must see, Great acting

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.

8 Reviews | 2 Followers
87
Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Dark

See it if you like dark comedy

Don't see it if you don't like slapstick comedy

4 Reviews | 2 Followers
80
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky

See it if You like to laugh and have a fun time at the theater

Don't see it if you hate silly shows

2 Reviews | 3 Followers
100
Great acting, Hilarious, Original, Resonant, Delightful

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

2 Reviews | 2 Followers
95
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Quirky

See it if You like classic comedy and fun sound effects

Don't see it if you're looking for a musical or something that is wholesome - themes get gruesome through the playful humor

2 Reviews | 1 Follower
100
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy pathos or think clowns are scary and sad

Don't see it if You like mainstream "feel good" Broadway or have no empathy!

1 Review | 2 Followers
100
Great acting, Riveting, Hilarious, Intense, Profound

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.

Critic Reviews (3)

The New York Times
August 23rd, 2016

"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."
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Theatre is Easy
August 16th, 2016

"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."
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Theater In The Now
August 18th, 2016

"'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."
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