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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

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.

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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