Part of FringeNYC: When the Greek goddesses throw a bachelorette party and crash a legendary strip club run by American folk heroes like Pecos Bill and Johnny Appleseed, all Hades breaks loose. Myth, sex, romance and culture clash in this outrageous cosmic comedy. More…
Categories: Comedy, Drama, National. From Epic Theatre Company. Written by Kevin Broccoli. Directed by Kevin Broccoli. Choreographed by Kevin Broccoli.
"The problem with 'American Strippers' is that, even with its long run time, it doesn't do enough with this concept, and it's unclear which point Broccoli is trying to make about this country, if any...It's in the monologues that Broccoli always seems on the cusp of something...The strip numbers are fun, though at times the actors aren't completely in sync. And it is refreshing to see so many sexually fluid characters." Full Review
"Broccoli seems determined to justify a ridiculous premise with intellectual heft. As a result, he creates an overwhelmingly complex set of rules and conditions, rooted to varying degrees in myth, that precipitate one plot twist after another...He manages so many diverse points of view surprisingly well, but it's a structure that begs to be simplified...In an attempt to avoid cheap laughs, we instead end up in a world of contrivances and melodrama." Full Review
See it if you're curious about the current (and future) lives of characters of Greek myths and American folklore & enjoy clever writing, often poetic.
Don't see it if only the stripping aspect (just R-rated, a minor part) appeals to you. See it rather for its imagination & overall offer of simple pleasure.
See it if It's enough to have "Strippers" in the title, and you won't be disappointed by the dearth of actual stripping
Don't see it if The juxtaposition of mythology and a strip club ceases to entertain you after 2 minutes
See it if You enjoy great comedic writing, a cast of talented actors, an imaginative story about Greek mythology, American folklore...and stripping.
Don't see it if You have issues with sexual content (albeit comedic in nature).
See it if You like new, innovative takes on existing topics/characters, you like playful versions of historical stories.
Don't see it if You are adverse to sexual content, looking for a dramatic or non-musical showcase, or want something slow-paced.