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Tribulation: The Musical (FringeNYC)

From 13 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Funny, Quirky, Edgy, Thought-provoking

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: It's the end of the world...and you still need a job. In Tribulation: The Musical prophets, whores, and middle managers alike all struggle to prevent the Apocalypse, in this hilarious, irreverent take on the Bible's Book of Revelation. More…

Categories: Musical/Opera, Comedy, National. Written by Book and Lyrics by Molly Miller, Music by Brad Kemp. Directed by Tyler Samples, Music Director: Charlie Worth. Choreographer by Tyler Samples, Music Director: Charlie Worth.

Stepping away from sketch and improv, young members of Chicago's comedy scene have created a deftly scored, savagely funny book musical. Affectionately blasphemous (but not exactly heretical), Tribulation: the Musical explores the realities that the rent is still due even when the world has literally ended, and that sometimes a crappy desk job can save your life.

Member Reviews (13)


Clever, Funny, Quirky, Edgy, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Disappointing, Some clever songs & lyrics, Some good performances, Never takes off, Left at intermission due to heat

See it if like the college heave ho effort of young less than experienced actors with some sterling efforts thrown in

Don't see it if don't want everything to musically sound the same along with lame humor

Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Quirky, Banal

See it if you like musicals that are sexually explicit, silly comedies, about the end of the world.

Don't see it if like intelligent musicals with great music.

Funny, Entertaining

See it if you're endlessly entertained by end of the world scenarios

Don't see it if you can't deal with woefully ineffective air conditioning.

Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if You don't worry about the apocalypse

Don't see it if You LOVE your work ethic

Clever, Funny, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if you like smart sketch comedy AND musical theater, you enjoy satire about religion, you like silly fun catchy songs

Don't see it if you don't like sex based humor or foul language, you only want to see super polished musical theatre

Delightful, Clever, Funny, Relevant, Great singing

See it if you like irreverent musical comedies with great vocal power and a strong female lead.

Don't see it if you might be offended by jokes about the rapture.

Clever, Edgy, Funny, Quirky

See it if You like Rick and Morty and other self-aware genre shows.

Don't see it if You don't like dick jokes. Seriously then, don't.

Entertaining, Funny, Original, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in postreligious ideas about God, Jesus, Devil, apocalypse, and human purpose

Don't see it if you think religious topics and obscenity don't mix.

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Clever, Original

See it if you want to watch something smart and hilarious with a great cast and music you will be humming to in the shower for days after.

Don't see it if you dont have a healthy sense of humor

Clever, Funny, Great singing

See it if you like great harmonies and good voices, you grew up in the church and have a sense of humor about it

Don't see it if you can't handle profanity or sexually suggestive dialogue, you're looking for a grounded, relationship based musical drama cuz THIS AINT IT

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You're looking for a laugh

Don't see it if You're hoping for some serious theatRE.

Clever, Funny, Wicked

See it if You like sketch comedy and the zaniness of improv.

Don't see it if You don't like jokes about sex in plain language.

Great writing, Edgy, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You are looking for something that is witty, engaging and will make you laugh. You'll tap your toes to the songs as well.

Don't see it if You are not down with smaller productions, or want something dramatic sans humor

August 19th, 2016
"The week’s lineup also had to include the kind of unsalvageable amateurish flop the Fringe is known for. In 'Tribulation: The Musical,' hapless young insurance company employees try to fight off the apocalypse with the help of a slacker Jesus. The end of days feels like the end of theater. Endur...
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August 30th, 2016
"The show has some genuinely funny moments…Not all of the humor succeeds, however…Act one is disjointed, partly because there are a lot of threads to 'Tribulation.' And even though act two manages to tie up every one of these loose threads, it does so in a way that feels unsatisfying...This final...
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August 24th, 2016
"A show with such an outlandish setup needs to be grounded somewhere, if not in its plot then in having its characters behave like actual human beings, or at least something resembling them. That's not what the script offers, though, giving a cast with impressive comedic credentials little to wor...
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August 20th, 2016
"This religious satire is a smart comedy that doesn't take itself too seriously...'Tribulation' is brazenly outrageous, unafraid to offend. The story isn't exactly unique or fleshed out, opting for the absurdity of the situation...Molly Miller and Brad Kemp's show is one that works well for comed...
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