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Walken On Sunshine (FringeNYC)

From 6 critic and 37 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Great acting

About the show

Part of FringeNYC: An anxiety-ridden filmmaker accidentally lies to investors about having Christopher Walken in his movie and embarks on a ridiculous quest to get Walken. Neuroses, quirky love, bad guys and cowbells emerge to derail him. Will he ever find Walken?? More…

Categories: Comedy, Local. From Walken On Sunshine LLC. Written by Dave Droxler, Music by James Rushin. Directed by Marcus Stevens.

Theatre is Easy

“The play is very self-aware, which serves the piece as the actors are able to laugh with the audience at some of the more absurd plot points. There are many inside jokes about film and theatre, but they are so funny it doesn’t really matter if everyone understands the context or not. The cast is across-the-board great, and with Stevens’ help, they embrace the silliness with gusto and verve...Altogether 'Walken on Sunshine' is a laugh-out-loud funny production.” Full Review

Theater In The Now

"With well-timed references and non-stop laughter, 'Walken On Sunshine' honors the classic comedies we know and love...As bright of a writer as Dave Droxler is, this play thrives on the incredible ensemble...Droxler is a brilliant physical comedian. His brand of funny is not something we see nowadays but he reminds us why we need it back...'Walken On Sunshine' is fun, fun, fun. And that's all you can ask for." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The premise of 'Walken on Sunshine' is the material of a 10-minute sketch, which is why it’s admirable that Droxler’s script extends it into 90 hilarious minutes. From wacky Walken impressions courtesy of Droxler, to double casting so ingenious one wonders if a bigger budget would have allowed this to be, to a sense of 'let’s put on a show' joy so infectious one’s willing to look past its flaws, the show is a scrappy crowdpleaser offering you its enormous heart on its sleeve." Full Review

Time Out New York

"An appealingly frenetic comedy...Droxler’s script is built on a sturdy if familiar dramatic structure, swiping ably from 'Bowfinger' and 'The Jerk'...Supplying their own sound effects and occasional flashlight spots, the manic cast is fully committed to the silliness, staying one step ahead of their verbal rush. Some tangents are inspired, such as a touching lament sung by a self-described asshole, while others are exhausting...But this play’s got just enough cowbell for 90 minutes.” Full Review


"The paper-thin premise is milked for all it's worth, embellished with twins, jokes, songs, impersonations, various trajectories, and references to an old 'SNL' sketch that featured Christopher Walken...This good-natured, high energy show is very fringe—fast, frenetic, and loose. It's just that in invoking Walken's peculiar menace and idiosyncrasy, you might expect a tad more sophistication." Full Review

The Highlighter

"'Walken on Sunshine' is incredibly humorous with its self-aware tongue-in-cheek humor...While this musical is funny and entertaining, there is not much else that the audience is left with other than a good laugh...Although it may be a bit heavy-handed at certain moments, the particular wacky brand of humor complements the musical well and overall creates an enjoyable audience experience." Full Review

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Great singing

See it if Anyone who loves great impressions. Enjoys silly humor.

Don't see it if You don't like slapstick comedy. A really warm theater bothers you

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if Like a compilation of comedians like Robin Williams & Jerry Lewis mixed with Walken jokes. If you like Creative scripts. Like to laugh.

Don't see it if Can't handle a very hot theater. Don't appreciate Fringe for gems like this. Don't laugh at life or just enjoy fun Off Broadway humor.

Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to laugh.

Don't see it if you don't like Christopher Walken.

Hilarious, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Must see

See it if you like HI-larious, quirky shows with a great script, strong direction, and an extremely talented cast! A true original. Non-stop laughs!

Don't see it if you need a show to have big, flashy production elements. This show is simply (but inventively) staged, and makes you use your imagination.

Entertaining, Overrated, Refreshing, Funny, Loaded

See it if You like light-hearted comedy and improv

Don't see it if Don't like improv and frown at creative stage and costume solutions

Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Overrated

See it if You love a good farce! Or watching actors playing several roles adroitly!

Don't see it if You like plays that offer insight or know what farces do and don't enjoy them. This is farce at its best!

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky, Delightful

See it if You're in the market for a good laugh, incredible impersonations,and need a light relief from the serious drudgery on the work week.

Don't see it if You're expecting a traditional, naturalistic play -characters, puns, and silly voices galore.

Clever, Funny, Hilarious, Original, Entertaining

See it if you like absurd farce with lots of physical comedy. This is a show in development (as is most of Fringe) so know that going in and have fun

Don't see it if you don't like farce and over the top physical comedy that goes for the entire joke

Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if you're looking for a fun, light-hearted night of theater.

Don't see it if you don't like "camp."

Clever, Hilarious, Manic

See it if you like Farce with a message.

Don't see it if you aren't into over the top fun.

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if you like improv inspired comedy & great mimic's turn by playwright Dave Droxler inhabiting Walken & Paul Pakler's rib tickling antics

Don't see it if you can't get into the swing of the patently absurd or don't have a fascination with Christopher Walken

Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Well-performed

See it if Funny deconstructivist semi-musical. Pretty good + cast very strong. Some unfunny jokes repeated ad nauseam, but it gets stronger as it goes

Don't see it if you're expecting realism--this is absurdist farce.

Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Favorite

See it if you're ready to laugh. Unique comedy with impressively versatile actors. Ready for off-Broadway.

Don't see it if you're unlucky enough not to have tickets already.

Hilarious, Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love to laugh, and want to see a masterful ensemble at work. In particular, the lead/writer gives a tour de force performance.

Don't see it if You hate highly creative staging.

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Delightful, Refreshing

See it if you're interested in bright, bold transformational actors and a great central performer/writer giving a master class in clowning and farce.

Don't see it if you prefer the darkness of Gorki.

Clever, Hilarious, Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy vaudeville style farcical shows that's are hilarious and keep you on your toes! Also if Christopher Walken is your spirit animal!

Don't see it if You don't like silly shows and hate the works of Christopher Walken and other iconic actors!

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if You want to laugh, you want to cheer. Or simply need a diversion. There are only 5 performances. Maybe Walken will be at yours. (ooooh!).

Don't see it if You hate movies like "Airplane!" or TV shows like "30 Rock". Or if you hate The Muppets. I'm sorry for whatever made you this way.

Broad, Frenetic, Crowdpleaser, Meta, Ridiculous in a good way

See it if You're up for a fast-paced, broad, silly play that is pretty reliably funny all the way through.

Don't see it if you don't like physical comedy or are looking for something calm and thoughtful.

Entertaining, Funny, Confusing

See it if Christopher Walken is a figure of fascination.

Don't see it if You don't mind a bogging-down romantic subplot and some unfunny supporting characters. I wasn't sure who some were meant to be

Banal, Delightful, Dated

See it if Didnt

Don't see it if Liked it

Quirky, Funny, Clever

See it if You like stories about filmmakers or theater producers, you like Christopher Walken

Don't see it if You dislike silliness, plays/musicals with narrators.

Delightful, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like we'll written, well acted physical comedy.

Don't see it if You aren't into farce.

Great acting, Must see, Funny, Clever, Delightful

See it if you love to laugh! The writing, directing, and acting are of superb quality. The fast paced humor will keep you chuckling.

Don't see it if you are looking for a deep dramatic play.

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy farce/physical comedy

Don't see it if You don't like Mel Brooks style humor.

Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to see a show thoroughly entertaining by a troup of tremendously talented actors!

Don't see it if You do not like fresh humor and delightful characters!!