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15 Villainous Fools (FringeNYC)

Members say: Clever, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky
5 reviews
11 reviews

Part of FringeNYC: With Nerf guns, Goldfish, and a turtleneck, this two-woman adaptation of The Comedy of Errors spices up Shakespeare. There are husband mix-ups, false arrests, and saucy servants. Come for the killer original raps, stay for the mediocre puppetry!

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Categories: Comedy, Clown/Mask, National. From The 601 Theatre Company. Written by Olivia Atwood and Maggie Seymour.


Reviews (16)

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Time Out New York

"For this highly modern and clever take on Shakespeare’s 'The Comedy of Errors,' the very energetic writers and actors Maggie Seymour and Olivia Atwood have condensed the Bard’s farce to an hour, with time for raps, dance breaks, puppets, Nerf guns and a little audience participation…Seymour and Atwood deftly and hilariously keep the 15 characters straightish...Shakespearean scholar and novice can both enjoy this riotous showcase for two performers with standout comedic timing." Full Review


"'15 Villainous Fools' has a winning simplicity...Atwood and Seymour are terrific clowns...and give the old play new immediacy. Okay, some of the stage business does get repetitive at times. But the performers look like they are having such a good time on stage that it really doesn't matter. And no question you'll find yourself pulled into the action and perhaps laughing more than you ever have at all of the tomfoolery in Ephesus." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Atwood and Seymour attack the exhaustive task of telling the story by themselves with clockwork precision. Synchronous movements, interwoven lines and original raps, and plenty of improvised dialogue show just how well the show has been rehearsed...Whether you know 'Comedy of Errors' or not, you’ll be sure to have a blast with these two wonderful clowns." Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

for a previous production “From the opening rap, Seymour and Atwood are non-stop, picking up cues at a master’s pace...‘15 Villainous Fools’ rivals ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)’ with apparent ease...Fans of comedic Shakespearean remixes would struggle to find a better example of the genre, but those looking for the fringe of Fringe might see Seymour and Atwood’s obvious talents as wasted on such a typical show.” Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production "'The Comedy of Errors' is neither Shakespeare’s most popular play nor his most memorable, but with writing, choreographing, directing, and acting from Maggie Seymour and Olivia Atwood, one can’t help but wonder, why not? The two actresses undertake the task to act as 15 different characters...The comedy is what causes this play to succeed...Seeing the hilarity and chaos that is '15 Villainous Fools' is worth the trip." Full Review

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Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Hilarious, Energetic

See it if you like energy and silliness and don't mind a show being less than 100% comprehensible.

Don't see it if you're looking for drama, or you like your comedy mainstream, or you want a show that doesn't look like it was done on a shoestring budget.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if You love Shakespeare and appreciate fun, quirky adaptations.

Don't see it if You hate having fun and/or laughing

Original, Absorbing, Enchanting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You're passionate about bringing Shakespeare to contemporary life, you enjoy creative, new approaches to traditional pieces.

Don't see it if You think there is only one way for Shakespearean plays to be performed, or if your hearing isn't superb (these ladies speak SUPER-FAST).

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a razor sharp and hysterical modern re-telling of one of Shakespeare's complicated comedies. With puppets! We laughed a lot

Don't see it if You aren't willing to pay attention to a smart charming well executed show for 75 minutes

Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Great acting

See it if OMG! OMG! These 2 broads are a revelation! When I wasn't laughing, my mouth was agape at how clever it was. Fun music & choreography too!

Don't see it if you don't like to be delighted for a full hour 15.

Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You love Shakespeare, improv, and comedy

Don't see it if You missed their amazing final performance today

Dizzying, Quirky, Confusing, Frenetic

See it if You don't mind having no idea what's happening onstage, and you enjoy frenetic silliness even if not funny.

Don't see it if You want to follow a plot.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like seeing what two clever ladies can do to Shakespeare.

Don't see it if Seeing young people with more talent than you have bothers you. Your enjoyment of a show revolves around understanding it all.

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you want to laugh so hard for seventy minutes straight that your abdominals get in a good workout

Don't see it if you aren't into having fun. Seriously see this show! It has a hilariously fantastic and contagious energy.

Funny, Original, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in a high energy creative experience and if you're a fan of Shakespeare's work, but enjoy a modern comedic perspective

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

Funny, Original, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You love to laugh! These two wonderful comic actresses put an original, fresh spin on Shakespeare and the show is a blast.

Don't see it if You are looking for something deep or dark. This is a light-hearted romp.