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New York | 1h 15m | Already closed

Commedia dell'Artichoke

From 6 critic and 6 member reviews
Members say: Raunchy, Entertaining, Clever, Quirky, Hilarious

About the show

Frances Black Projects presents a new comedy, with a contemporary take on commedia dell'arte, about love, dreams, pizza and trying to make it in New York. More…

In a New York pizza shop, Pulcinella is a struggling independent pizza maker. True to traditional commedia dell'arte, this contemporary spin on the classic form features a mix of scripted and spontaneous scenes, reflecting the current social and political pulse of the town in which the masked players are performing.

A unique theatrical experience that offers a contemporary take on a classic form of comedy on commedia dell'arte - the classic Italian style of theatre with masked actors performing comedic scenarios.

1h 15m | Already closed | Gene Frankel Theatre (East Village)

Theater Pizzazz

"Irreverent, salacious, and completely of the norm 'Commedia dell’Artichoke' is as original of a take on an old form as is topping a pizza with creamy artichokes...The mark of great theater of this variety is in the evening feeling more like a dialogue than a monologue. Audiences should leave feeling addressed, acknowledged, and performed for. When watching 'Commedia dell’Artichoke' you may deceive yourself into thinking the entire evening was tailor made for you only." Full Review

Off the Beaten Track Theater

"You are in for a treat. 'Commedia dell’ Artichoke' is a fast paced all-mask comedy about a pizza shop owner in NYC who is getting evicted because the landlord is raising the rent...The show shamelessly goes on any delightful tangent that the audience allows it to, and thats the ride you sign up for when you see 'Commedia dell’Artichoke.' But these tangents are vital and each seemly random bit is carefully crafted by these amazing and well-trained performers. " Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"If you’re in the mood for some bawdy laughs at the expense of others, 'Commedia dell’Artichoke' is the show for you. The writing is fun and flowing, showing the potential of intensely collaborative projects like this one...The seamless inclusion of improvisation throughout scripted scenes is a testament to the actors’ investment in the piece, and makes for a unique show every night." Full Review

Pataphysical Science Blogspot

"It's hard to know who contributed what, especially because the cast is so skilled at improvising that it all seems like part of the script. I didn't look closely at my program before the show, so I was sure there were six to eight actors performing. It was only during the curtain call that I realized there were only four." Full Review

Off Off Online

"The multiple cooks have created a farrago of nonsense, wordplay, awkward situations, and bawdry that may approximate the Renaissance version. But Brain allows several scenes to go on too long. Even if it doesn’t all hang together, the audience seemed to have a roaring good time. If you appreciate scattershot, loosey-goosey comedy, then 'Commedia dell’Artichoke' may be to your taste." Full Review

New York Theatre Review

for a previous production "This premise serves as a loosely guiding structure to have lots of stupid fun inside these ridiculous characters, challenging themselves to lazzi after lazzi...Light on plot but high on effort, this show is particular in its tastes. It’s a vehicle showcasing the possibilities of this theatrical form...If you are interested in the contemporary possibilities of commedia dell’arte, or you just like some entertainment with your slice, I encourage you to take part in this adventure." Full Review

Absorbing, Clever, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a rip-roaring good time accompanied by Artichoke's famously delicious pizza. Overflowing with bawdy, engaging humor!

Don't see it if you're conservative, easily embarrassed or opposed to sexual innuendos.

Ambitious, Clever, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You love commedia or have never seen commedia and love artichoke pizza and no holds barred wackiness. This is a funny fast-paced romp.

Don't see it if You don't like pizza or if you think PG-13 is as risqué as you are willing to go. Leave the kids at home for this one.

Clever, Great acting, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you want to laugh! Plenty of them to be had here. Masterful expression of the legendary comedic form. Delicious slice of pizza a bonus!

Don't see it if you're not into sexual innuendo, as it's pretty salacious at times. Rapid-fire pop-culture references could possibly alienate some.

Funny, Quirky, Raunchy, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like a good belly laugh, stupid sweet characters, fellatio gags, songs about tossing salads and sex with God, hot women in masks, & poo.

Don't see it if You plan on voting for Donald Trump. You dislike vulgarity.

Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Raunchy, Disappointing

See it if You like creativity & experimental theater, have good hearing, can 'get' NY theater references, and want to drink alcohol & eat free pizza

Don't see it if You have any hearing problems, are easily offended, dislike slapstick, silliness, frivolity, vulgarity & physical humor, or want a plot.

Funny, Original, Delightful, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you like topical humor for adults. Be prepared for audience participation.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you are prudish, or just want to sit back and be entertained.

Cast & Creatives (16)