New York | 1h 30m | Already closed

Wild Women of Planet Wongo

From 14 critic and 95 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Clever, Fluffy

About the show

Go on a wild, immersive ride at the return engagement of this retro sci-fi musical about two astronauts who land on an alien planet of sexy warrior women who’ve never seen men! More…

In this loving send-up of '60s B-movies, two astronauts find themselves on an unfamiliar world populated solely by females. Though hesitant at first, the captain finally joins his crewmate in tasting Wongo Flesh, in his case, the Queen. But sex isn't the only thing the Wongettes have in mind. They are also starving—and have very different plans for their male guests! The show is for ages 21 and up. Each ticket includes a complimentary drink. Standing room only.

1h 30m | Already closed | Parkside Lounge (Lower E Side)

When Nerds Attack

"It’s a hard sell for anyone who is not a fan of the genre like myself, but by the end of the night, I was all too happy to join in the Wongo Wuau with the whole crew…As someone who is very picky with interactive theater and musicals, I was surprised by how much fun I had. It’s a real testament to old-school sci-fi storytelling...The music is so catchy I guarantee by the end you’ll be doing the Wongo Wuau just like the rest of us…Across the board, everyone’s vocals were top-notch.” Full Review

New York Theatre Review

"This delightful romp wields zany charm and a healthy dose of good old-fashioned escapism...'Wongo’s' biggest asset is its wonderful ensemble cast...All of the women are great comediennes...Rigano’s directing is wise, especially through encouraging his Wongettes to operate as a unit. The result is goofy in the best of ways...This production is sincere, light, and best of all, good spirited." Full Review

Theater In The Now

"'Wild Women of Planet Wongo' lives up to the fun title indeed!...If you’re super sensitive to the whole feminism movement, it might not be the show for you. But the music sure is catchy. All of the actors did a fantastic job with the songs and choreography, especially in such a small space...There is no serious plot or heavy demeanor here. Go, let your hair down, dance with a stranger, drink an unknown concoction, and enjoy the movement that is immersive theater." Full Review

Short and Sweet NYC

"The play has a ton of energy with lots of catchy tunes and amusing dancing. (Wongette Jenna Marcello especially had me in stitches). There are also opportunities for audience participation if you’re so inclined. Bring a Bumble date, and see how weird they’re willing to get. If they’re up for this, they’re probably a keeper." Full Review

With an Accent

“The laughs are broad in this ‘Mystery Science Theatre’ meets ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ original musical, growing from titters in the beginning to belly laughs by the end…The energy of the performers, playing off the audience, means a different show every night…The creative journey of 'Wild Women of Planet Wongo' adds to its uniqueness – as the audience helps to inform what comes next for this clever piece of theatre.” Full Review

The Workprint

“If you’re a fan of science fiction, immersive theater, drinks, and hilarity, ‘Wongo’ is an experience worth adding to your life. While the space was a little tight for the interactive performance, it did lend to a cozy atmosphere…The cast did a splendid job in working with the space and engaging with the theatergoers…'Wongo' is lighthearted fun and immensely entertaining for those looking to have a break from the normality of everyday life. You’ll laugh a lot.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Amanda Nicholas and the Wongette ensemble permeate so much energy and fun into the space you can’t help but join in. The story itself is corny and predictable at best, but if this is meant to pay homage to those early sci-fi films then Budick, Maches, and Ogrin have nailed it. Their music and lyrics provide the perfect mash-up of kitsch meets catchy '60s tunes...What makes 'Planet Wongo' truly unique, however, is David Rigano’s direction to make the experience naturally immersive." Full Review

Starry Mag

“A fun, whimsical, funny and interactive show…The overall show is a bit predicable and corny in itself, but that is not to say that it doesn’t hold your attention…If you are looking for fancy or engaging, this is not for you. This is for those who enjoy having a few drinks while enjoying a more relaxed, off-the-wall and wild experience...The zingers were playful and delightful. Bring a friend and enjoy a night of unexpected thrills.” Full Review

The Urban Twist

"Despite the small space, the crew is able to manipulate it well to provide an unique experience...Although much is done with the space, there are a few things that could make a more immersive experience...But the musical makes up for this with several interesting ways that allow for audience interaction...The actors and actresses deserve much praise as well as they are fast on improvisation when it comes to dealing with hecklers...A fun and wacky show for those with an open mind." Full Review

Front Row Center

"An elongated 'SNL' sketch...If you don’t drink, aren’t into 'Mystery Science Theater 3000,' and the thought of being part of the show gives you hives, skip this one...The problem here is that a parody or spoof is supposed to skewer and turn upside down familiar tropes...The topic is ripe for it and it could have added a modern sensibility, a lot of laughs, and a thoughtful twist to an otherwise meatless show...You find yourself, even sometimes despite your better judgement, having a good time." Full Review


for a previous production "The show is part dance-party, with inventive, perky choreography and opportunity for audience participation. Directed with flavorful energy and precise pacing, the wacky story is just the framework for gracefully goofy performances by a solid cast that features some fine voices, and for clever, fun songs that tap into the spirit of the ’60s." Full Review

Stage Buddy

for a previous production "In contrast with the show's shoestring budget, the music is surprisingly memorable...The fun of interactive theater is the audience participation, and 'Wongo' succeeds in that department. Director Rigano clearly prioritized a fun time. If drinks, dancing and music are your thing, 'Wild Women of Planet Wongo' will not disappoint." Full Review

The Huffington Post

for a previous production "It's great fun to interact with the Amazonian Wongo girls and drink Wongotinis made fresh at the bar. The book is witty, sexy and very feel good. (The Wongotinis help with that, too). The cast is joyful and lovingly directed by David Rigano." Full Review

The New York Times

for a previous production "The thin, predictable book ends happily, with painless, derivative 'Rocky Horror'-type songs that bounce but seem dated in 2015...But the entire cast — including the actresses playing the Wongettes, some just out of college — is unstinting with its energy and enthusiasm." Full Review

Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if You want to drink, laugh and dance with an energetic talented cast in an immersive sci-fi musical.

Don't see it if You left all vestige of your childhood behind you.

Ridiculous fun, B-movie in real life, Zany good times, Entertaining, Go with friends

See it if you want an "immersive sci-fi musical comedy" (direct quote from the show description). You like campy musicals or B-movies.

Don't see it if you want serious theater/drama, don't like standing, or hate campy humor. You're going it alone; this is a show best seen with friends.

Also Finally, a show that is exactly what it advertises! Happens so rarely ... Read more Read less

Dated, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You love classic 60s sci-fi camp

Don't see it if you aren't comfortable with the performers interacting with you.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You don't mind drinking with your interactive musical. If you don't like a fun plot, fun costumes and fun music. A talented cast.

Don't see it if Want to be part of the show. If you don't like the LES. You don't like music and dancing. If you don't like "low budget down town" theater.

Clever, Funny, Great singing, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if Want to have a goofy good time. The show was fun to watch and be a part of and the song were catchy. Cast was so friendly.

Don't see it if like dance parties or a goofy time.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if Want to have fun with an interactive show on a zany adventure & have a wongotini..go see this. It's a hoot! Join in & have fun, let go.,

Don't see it if You expect serious theatre, elaborate sets, can't stand too long or expect a Tony Award show. Not for Bway snobs!

Also I gave it a high score because I had a blast. No, it's not a Bway show... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if U want to catch a zany, souped up B movie musical cleverly staged in the back room of a bar w/monitors of spaceland & cast walking amongst u

Don't see it if Ur looking for a staged show where u can sit-u'll be moving around to avoid the cast-or are looking for a traditional comedy. This is wacky!

Hilarious, Edgy, Refreshing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy an evening of total silliness! Plot is ridiculous, costumes absurd and choreographer did a marvelous job in an awkward space. FUN!

Don't see it if you cannot stand for 10 minutes or longer. There is some seating but the performers will tell you to move for some of the scenes.

Funny, High audience participation, Catchy tunes, Campy, Very good production values

See it if you like a free drink to loosen up for lots of audience participation! Get ready to move! Couple of really catchy tunes. Use your phone!

Don't see it if Really, you can't sit thru this show. There are prizes to be won & dances to dance.

Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Fluffy, Cliched

See it if you want a fun night out with your friends or on a date. This is not something you send your parents to. Show deserves own rating category.

Don't see it if you are expecting to see a show like Hamilton, wicked, or anything where you sit down and expect to be amazed. This is more for young adults

Also Shows like this can be rated next to other shows like Hamilton, or Wic... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You aren't afraid of interactive shows that immerse you in the story. Funny and quirky and you never know what you will be asked to do!

Don't see it if If you are claustrophobic or afraid of being close to strangers. It's close quarters!

Dizzying, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Raunchy

See it if You want a silly night out

Don't see it if You want a traditional show night out

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if You want a UN, funny night at the theatre with some audience participation.

Don't see it if You hate standing as the show is designed with the audience moving about and standing a lot. You want something deep and meaningful.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You like B movies of Sci Fi fame You like immersive plays You like being entertained by Wongo Women in a campy but fun play

Don't see it if You don't like standing ... the okay is immersive although you can stand to the sides

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like comedies

Don't see it if you don't like comedies.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy

See it if you want a fun, non-traditional kind of musical without too much thought involved

Don't see it if you don't like sci-fi or parodies

Delightful, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy quirky, interactive theater

Don't see it if You hate audience participation

Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying

See it if you want more of an experience rather than a typical in your seat show.

Don't see it if you like to get in your seat and stay there. You need to move around to see and get out of the way.

Funny, Entertaining, Indulgent, Silly, Fun

See it if You enjoy immersive theater that doesn't take itself seriously. If the description sounds appealing, you'll probably enjoy it.

Don't see it if You want serious theater, or you don't want to be part of the show. Also, if you have difficulty standing and moving around.

Also It's a small space, so it's a more intimate experience than most other... Read more Read less

Great staging, Masterful, Raunchy

See it if You enjoy a play going on all around you.

Don't see it if You can't stand for an hour and a half

Immersive, Interactive, Convulsive, Vastly entertaining, Quite wongive

See it if a Rocky Horror experience, standing room only, wongotinis, audience participation, surprisingly memorable musical score are 2 your liking

Don't see it if standing for 2 hours, silliness, over amplification, man in drag, drinking, rolling with punches & moving 2 be able 2 see drive you mad

Absorbing, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You want to have an immersive theatrical experience and have fun.

Don't see it if You like serious plays. You don't want to stand for 90 mins.

Entertaining, Funny, Interactive

See it if It's campy, frivolous & a galactic good time. You stand & the action moves around/through/with you. Social media tags encouraged throughout.

Don't see it if you don't like standing, drinking, laughing, silliness, audience participation or being right in the action. How could you not? It's FUN!

Entertaining, Refreshing, Fun and funny, Silly sci-fi spoof, Great costumes

See it if You like campy science fiction spoofs with music, great costumes and interactive, fun shows.

Don't see it if You want to just sit and if you don't like campy sci-fi musicals.

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Raunchy, Fun

See it if You want to spend a couple of hours just having fun in a group situation and being part of the show. Take a risk, it will pay off.

Don't see it if If you only want your theater traditional.

Also I was a little out of my confort zone here -- a part of town I don't g... Read more Read less

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