Circle Jerk NYC Reviews and Tickets

(29 Reviews)
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Dizzying, Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Quirky

The chaotic queer examination of the digital and the irl returns for a limited engagement for Pride.

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928 Reviews | 379 Followers
Clever, Funny, Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You enjoy ridiculous fun…over the top gay topical humor so completely vamp that it looses its way often. Always fun, just not always good.

Don't see it if You want something…anything resembling sense. This was so over the top it bordered on ridiculous, and not the good kind. Cocktails required!

942 Reviews | 225 Followers
Quirky, Intelligent, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if Fast pace performance that borders ridiculous farce. More for the gen x crowd.

Don't see it if If you want a more serious show.

764 Reviews | 212 Followers
Great staging, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you'd enjoy a live performance that's simulcast-you see both versions. Hard working actors who are also writers present a modern gay tale.

Don't see it if you do not like busy shows that are nearly two hours long with two intermissions.

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
Bizarre, Hilarious, Extreme media, Farce, Parody

See it if your imagination can bear this spawn of The Ridiculous Theatrical Co & The Cockettes nurtured on the dark web & born on the Lower East Side

Don't see it if you believe in logical plots, visible performance spaces or limiting the number of characters any actor can play in a single performance. Read more

383 Reviews | 103 Followers
Dangerous, Absurdist, Great production values

See it if you want to see a show that challenges "queer" stereotypes through farce (not in a positive way) with great production values

Don't see it if you need to project "gay" "values" onto all gay men Read more

356 Reviews | 199 Followers
Great acting, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Surreal & high camp colored in pop culture & clever video aids. Will be appreciated by the millennial & Gen X communities.

Don't see it if If you prefer a serious drama or musical then skip this one.

342 Reviews | 100 Followers
Quirky, Confusing, Dizzying, Great writing, Ambitious

See it if you want a frenetic, postmodern examination of the underbelly of gay white maleness; you like audacious, ambitious, irreverent theatre

Don't see it if you want high production value; you don't like self-referential theatre; you struggle with SUPER fast dialogue or pop culture references Read more

307 Reviews | 68 Followers
Daring, Physical, Contagious, Celebratory, Whimsical

See it if Rag tag whirlwind of body positivity- gay pride- talented cast of three that practically performed a marathon of cleverness.

Don't see it if A combination of live stream/live performance means that you are watching multiple screens and live actors ---It is busy and fast paced. Read more

Critic Reviews (4)

New York Magazine / Vulture
June 15th, 2022

"So perch the laurel wreath atop of their many, many wigs: The Fake Friends have produced the first, best, most important play made entirely from vibes, which is what you get when you let the internet substitute for atmosphere."
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June 14th, 2022

"Rather than breathlessly dramatizing our era of Russian trolls and disinformation, 'Circle Jerk' does something even better: It makes us laugh. And in doing so, it offers the best response to an online culture that takes itself way too seriously"
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June 22nd, 2022

In "Circle Jerk," this cocky duo confidently preen, bray and cavort while donning various wigs and flamboyant costumes as multiple fey stock characters for over two numbing hours of their self-congratulatory twaddle. Their grating characterizations are achieved by intently staring into the camera, making faces, raising eyebrows and doing voices. It’s not "Your Show of Shows," but a niche audience of friends, relatives and trustafarians who could be amused by their antics. Cat Rodríguez appears in several female roles with campy flair.
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New York Theater
June 14th, 2022

a funny, campy, discombobulating hybrid theater piece that’s a spoof of both gay and digital culture (and also an example of each)….The stage version is much like the online one… But a three-dimensional perspective, and action mostly contained within a proscenium, provides a greater sense of continuity and clarity…. nods to a fabulous gay theatrical past – specifically the late Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company – even while it….jerks?….towards a tech-savvy theatrical future.
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