Already closed | 1h 55m | East Village

Thud! (FringeNYC)

From 12 member  reviews
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. More…

Categories: Comedy, Drama, Local. From BITCRUSHER. Written by Dan Rider. Directed by Holly Kristina Goldstein.

Thud! is a dark comedy that follows a drug-addicted hospital clown who is hired to entertain a misanthropic teenager and finds the only thing that cheers her up is watching him get hurt. As they share pills and swap stories, they bond over banged heads and crushed fingers, but the more codependent their relationship gets, the more it begins to unravel. Scored by live Foley sound effects, Thud! asks why we enjoy watching violence, and when pain stops being funny.

Features Alexandria Churchwell, Goldie Flavelle, and Harrison Scott. Written and sound designed by Dan Rider, directed by Holly Kristina Goldstein, and produced by Allison Ciuci. Stage managed by Allison Hargrove, with scenic design by Hannah Cook, lighting design by Elizabeth M. Stewart, and fight choreography by Omri Kadim.

BITCRUSHER is a digital theater collective. We make plays and put them on the internet. Founded in 2016 by Dan Rider (Hadestown, The Wolves at Clubbed Thumb) and Holly Kristina Goldstein (Houseworld, EVE at Judson Gym) and featured in TIME OUT NEW YORK, VILLAGE VOICE, and PRIDE.COM,

BITCRUSHER is an attempt to radically democratize the theater by removing the boundaries of price and location in order to bring our productions to anyone, anywhere and by consciously casting and recruiting artists of all backgrounds, races, genders, and abilities. This summer BITCRUSHER is premiering three projects: Thud! (NYCFringe, August 2016), You're Going to Hell if You Laugh (Dixon Place, September 2016), and Perfect Fifths, a new musical. All of the productions will be available for pay-what-you-want viewing on our website after the shows close.

1h 55m | Already closed | WOW Cafe Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (12)


Clever, Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious
Avg Score

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)

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.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Dark

See it if you like dark comedy

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

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

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

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

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!

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.

Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing

See it if You are in for a deep ride about pain and different people's responses to it

Don't see it if you are too scaredy. Seriously though see it

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy foley and slapstick comedy with a dark twist done in a new and inventive way

Don't see it if You find the mildly grotesque or obscure too much to handle

Hilarious, Quirky, Excruciating, Original, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy physical comedy, unlikely friendships, and manifest destiny.

Don't see it if You're a dull unimaginative coward.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like weird sad funny shows that leave you wondering why you laughed

Don't see it if You have bad taste? Or if you don't like seeing people fake injure themselves on stage

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 suffe...
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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 kee...
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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 ...
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