A Brandy Before Dying (FringeNYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets
Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Quirky, Confusing
About the Show
Part of FringeNYC: A British drawing room murder mystery comedy. Identical twin brothers, one very rich, one poor, vie for the same woman's affection. A murder ensues.
Categories: Comedy, Local. From Jim Farmer Productions. Written by Jm Farmer.
FROM THE ARTIST: We are happy to announce the World Premiere of Jim Farmer’s new Play “A Brandy Before Dying” at this seasons FringeNYC festival, August 2016.
“Brandy’ is a British drawing room murder mystery comedy, a tale in which two identical twin brothers, one very, very rich and one very, very poor, vie for the same woman’s affections. A murder ensues.
Jim Farmer is a Playwright/Director living and working in New York City. Plays written, produced and directed by Jim include:, "Frontier Halloween", "Pistols and Stamens", "The Savage Routine of Living", "We Never Learn", "Yonder Window Breaks", "I've Been Drunk for Three Weeks and I Have a Gun", "Morning Milking, Evening Milking" and "The Supper Club of Lost Causes" and “When Existential Things Happen to Good People”.
His stellar cast includes: Sean Gavigan (Patsy Lawncock), Penny Balfour (Clarissa Lawncock) Brandi Nicole Wilson (Jenine/Gwen Fra’ Diavlo) and Doug Rossi (Roger Lawncock)
"Farmer’s quickness and imagination never cease to impress…’Brandy’s’ overarching narrative leaves something to be desired. Despite its lightning-quick language and action, the play can’t help but lose steam as it progresses. The characters, despite being performed by a uniformly talented cast, are hard to track from one scene to the next…With some tightening and finessing, 'A Brandy Before Dying' could become an absolute powerhouse of a show delivering thrills amidst non-stop laughter."
"Where the production goes wobbly is in the hit-or-miss quality of the mockery. There are laughs here, to be sure, but some of the lines fall flat because they are either too silly or simply bizarre...Farmer’s hand is a bit heavy in places...The cast isn’t quite an ensemble yet either. Each actor is competent or more in his or her role, but that chemistry among them that makes a comedy sparkle has not quite come about yet...This is very much a work in progress."
"'A Brandy Before Dying' was like a bad car crash that you walked away from knowing there were no survivors...One can only assume that they were going for a farcical comedy, but the problem was, they didn’t go for it. It fell short in every category...Overall 'A Brandy Before Dying' was a bit half-assed...The plot sounds interesting, but is really just a clotted mess of ideas. The ideas are there, but organization is needed."