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15 Villainous Fools

Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Delightful
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Critics
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6 reviews
Members
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22 reviews
 

Following a run at FringeNYC 2016, this farcical, two-woman adaptation of Shakespeare's 'The Comedy of Errors' returns to New York City. 

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These two ladies bring pandemonium and a tornado of unstoppable energy to the Bard's comedy. It’s wacky. It’s wild. It’s somewhat understandable. It’s old-school Billy Shakespeare and two fast-talking women stirring up trouble on the stage. Clothes are tossed, hearts are broken, twins are lost.

 

Cast & Creatives (5)


Reviews (28)

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88
Avg Score

90
Stage Buddy

“An hour-long rollicking and riotous romp that’ll have you rolling in your seat from beginning to end…The production thrives on their unparalleled chemistry…To boot, they’re hysterical…But the true genius of ‘15 Villainous Fools’ is that...there’s actually quite an important underlying level of poignancy in the way this piece is prepared and presented…More than just a spoof, it’s a work of art… A raucously fun production that hits all the right notes comedically and dramaturgically.” Full Review

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Time Out New York

for a previous production "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

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CurtainUp

for a previous production "'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

85
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "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

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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

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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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88
Avg Score

80
Clever, Enchanting

See it if you like Shakespeare take off.

Don't see it if don't like something not conventional.

75
Dizzying, Insipid, Hilarious, Over-the-top

See it if You like really silly version of Shakespeare, want a short, breezy production

Don't see it if You don't realize how ridiculous some of Shakespeare's plots really are and would get annoyed at humor

96
Clever, Masterful, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a great comedy with extremely talented actors. Very refreshing and lots of fun!

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

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if you want to see funny twist of Shakespearean with 2 very talented artists

Don't see it if you dont want to have fun. Honestly no other reasons.

80
Funny, Clever, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you like witty fun.

Don't see it if You are a hard core Shakespeare purist

100
Funny, Clever, Riveting

See it if you like Shakespeare and ridiculousness.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason that people shouldn't see this.

100
Clever, Delightful, Dizzying, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if you enjoy silliness!

Don't see it if you don't like villainous fools—and lots of 'em!

100
Clever, Epic, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you want to have a smile frozen on your face for an hour!

Don't see it if you're not looking to laugh

100
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love to laugh

Don't see it if You hate to have fun

90
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Loved it!

Don't see it if You don't like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

98
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a funny, clever, creative take on Shakespeare, replete with pop culture refs, two great comics, and a ton of laughs! Fab!!!

Don't see it if You are looking for serious drama, or a traditional show. This is a light-hearted, super fun, silly romp!

85
For a previous production
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.

95
For a previous production
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

93
For a previous production
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).

98
For a previous production
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

100
For a previous production
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.

100
For a previous production
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

32
For a previous production
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.

95
For a previous production
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.

96
For a previous production
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.

100
For a previous production
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

98
For a previous production
Funny, Original, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You are in mood for a wild ride on show with lots of improv, a twisted plot, crazy characters, pop music, and laughter... lots of laughter.

Don't see it if Understanding every part of the plot is super important to you. This Shakespeare mashup has 2 wildly energetic women playing every role!